Aged nineteen, Basil Avery Tarrant said goodbye to his family and his hometown of Reading and set off for the front lines of World War II. Fighting side-by-side with other young me, he witnessed the blood and the brutality of hand-to-hand combat. After the war he came home, he started a family and he remembered, but he never talked.
For nearly sixty years, Basil’s war remained a mystery to his only son. Chris knew nothing of the things Basil saw or the friends he lost. He left it all there, at the harbour of Dunkirk, on the beaches of Normandy and the battlefield of Arnhem.
In this touching, deeply personal memoir about fathers and sons, forgiveness and acceptance, and the courage of ordinary men, Chris Tarrant retraces his father’s footsteps to answer the question: ”What did Dad do in The War?”