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The Machine Gunners Quotes

10 of the best book quotes from The Machine Gunners
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“Chas McGill has the second-best collection of war souvenirs in Garmouth, and he desperately wants it to be the best.”
Robert Westall
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The Machine Gunners
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Chas McGill
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second-best collection
war souvenirs
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“Soon he’s masterminding his own war effort with dangerous and unexpected results.
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“His chance came when he found the crashed German Heinkel, with a machine-gun and all its ammunition intact. All he had to do was to remove it from the plane...”
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“And did the boys realize that it could blow a hole through a wall at a quarter of a mile? It was essential to track it down before the boys killed themselves or anybody else.”
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“And all the time other things kept disappearing too: cement, a telescope, tin hats, fire buckets, stirrup pumps, even an Anderson shelter!”
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“No one knew when they, or their neighbors would lose their life to a marauding German bomber or fighter plane targeting their location.”
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“When he stumbles across the remains of a German bomber crashed in the woods—its shiny, black machine-gun still intact—he grabs his chance.”
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“The police, the Home Guard, in fact everybody in authority in Garmouth, knew the gun had been stolen. They were pretty sure the boys had it, but where?”
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“The bombing raids in Tyneside during the despairing winter of 1940-41 were appalling and relentless and the Machine Gunners is a tribute to the endurance, courage and humour of ordinary people in extraordinary circumtances.”
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“One engine was in the front garden of a council house that had its windows out and its ceiling down. The family were scurrying around like ants from a broken next, making heaps of belongings they had salvaged, and then breaking up the heaps to make new heaps.” front

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