Colin Hall was born in 1921 and narrowly escaped being flung into a river as a
newborn baby. He was rescued and adopted to live his childhood in the beauty of
the Cotswolds in the village of Broadway. The idyllic upbringing ended abruptly
with the tragic death of his adoptive mother and his father re-marrying in haste
with sour consequences.
By 1939, as the Second World began, Colin was comitted to full time military
service after being tricked into uniform just a few months before.
After four years in the RASC, Colin trained with the Parachute regiment in
the 10th battalion of the 1st Airborne Division. Here he made many great friendships
and sadly lost many others when posted to Arnhem to take part in one of the
bloodiest battles of WWII, Operation Market Garden.
Colin was injured, captured and imprisoned - at the notorious Stalag XI-B - and
watched many more friends and colleagues suffer and die through the winter of 1944-5.
This true story continues with Colin's exploits after the war in trying to build
a life for himself and family first in the Forest of Dean and later in South London
running a chain of shops.
Colin never forgets that he is lucky to be alive and throughout all his hardships
he bears no grudges but shows a determination to 'just get on with it'.
This heart warming biography concludes in describing his quest to track down his
natural parents who abandoned him at birth, as well as his return to both Holland
and Germany to confront the dark memories of the war.
Colin Hall's life story shows a journey of an ordinary working man through the
twentieth century without complaint or bitterness and the honestly expressed thoughts
and feelings of a reluctant soldier who had nothing but his own sense of
spirit to face adversity.
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