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'I felt I had come of age. I was a soldier and I'd just tried to kill some of our enemies' On 1 August 1944 15-year-old Andrew Boroweic, a volunteer in the Resistance, lobbed a grenade at German soldiers patrolling in Warsaw - and began his war. This account of the 63-day Warsaw Uprising - written in a POW camp soon after - tells of Boroweic's brutal rite of passage from child to veteran soldier in one of the bloodiest and most ruthless episodes of the Second World War. 'Terribly moving. Borowiec recalls every moment of his fighting - throwing grenades from an apartment block, firing his rifle from a pile of rubble.' Daily Telegraph 'Both harrowing and full of human and even humorous touches. An important addition to our understanding of what was happening in Poland during the war.' Tablet 'Engaging, striking. Borowiec is excellent at honestly recreating the often surprising attitudes and points of view of a child.' Literary Review 'Well observed, beautifully paced fierce, stomach-curdling stuff.' The Times 'Excellent, hugely engaging, highly readable.' Financial Times Edited by Colin Smith, Poland suffered terribly under the Nazis, and they waged a ferocious guerrilla war. In August 1944,15-year-old Resistance volunteer Andrew Borowiec lobbed a grenade onto German soldiers. ""I felt I had come of age. I was a soldier and I'd just tried to kill some of our enemies."" The Warsaw Uprising lasted for 63 days. The insurgents were mostly poorly equipped locals, some younger than Andrew. Over that summer he faced danger at every moment. Wounded the day after his 16th birthday, he was captured in a makeshift hospital. From one of the most harrowing episodes of World War II, this is an extraordinary tale recounted by one of the few remaining veterans of Poland's bravest summer., Poland suffered terribly under the Nazis, and they waged ferocious guerrilla war. In August 1944 Andrew Borowiec, a 15-year-old volunteer in the Resistance, lobbed a grenade onto some German soldiers. "I felt I had come of age. I was a soldier and I'd just tried to kill some of our enemies." The Warsaw Uprising lasted for 63 days. The insurgents were mostly poorly equipped locals, some younger than Andrew. Over that summer he faced danger at every moment. Wounded the day after his 16th birthday, he was captured in a makeshift hospital. Here he learned there were decent Germans as well as bad. From one of the most harrowing episodes of World War II, this is an extraordinary tale recounted by one of the few remaining veterans of Poland's bravest summer., Poland suffered terribly under the Nazis. By the end of the war six million had been killed: some were innocent civilians--half of them were Jews--but the rest died as a result of a ferocious guerrilla war the Poles had waged. On August 1, 1944 Andrew Borowiec, a 15-year-old volunteer in the Resistance, lobbed a grenade through the shattered window of a Warsaw apartment block onto some German soldiers running below. "I felt I had come of age. I was a soldier and I'd just tried to kill some of our enemies." The Warsaw Uprising lasted for 63 days: Himmler described it as "the worst street fighting since Stalingrad." Yet for the most part the insurgents were poorly equipped local men and teenagers, some of them even younger than Andrew. Over that summer Andrew faced danger at every moment, both above and below ground as the Poles took to the city's sewers to creep beneath the German lines during lulls in the fierce counterattacks. Wounded in a fire fight the day after his 16th birthday and unable to face another visit to the sewers, he was captured as he lay in a makeshift cellar hospital wondering whether he was about to be shot or saved. Here he learned a lesson: there were decent Germans as well as bad. From one of the most harrowing episodes of World War II, this is an extraordinary tale of survival and defiance recounted by one of the few remaining veterans of Poland's bravest summer. Andrew Borowiec dedicates this book to all the Warsaw boys, "especially those who never grew up.", Warsaw Boy is the remarkable true story of a sixteen-year old boy soldier in war-torn Poland 'The best-ever account of what is was like to be young and fighting in the Warsaw Rising' Neal Ascherson, Sunday Herald, Books of the Year Poland suffered terribly under the Nazis. By the end of the war six million had been killed: some were innocent civilians - half of them were Jews - but the rest died as a result of a ferocious guerrilla war the Poles had waged. On 1 August 1944 Andrew Borowiec, a fifteen-year-old volunteer in the Resistance, lobbed a grenade through the shattered window of a Warsaw apartment block onto some German soldiers running below. 'I felt I had come of age. I was a soldier and I'd just tried to kill some of our enemies'. The Warsaw Uprising lasted for 63 days: Himmler described it as 'the worst street fighting since Stalingrad'. Yet for the most part the insurgents were poorly equipped local men and teenagers - some of them were even younger than Andrew. Over that summer Andrew faced danger at every moment, both above and below ground as the Poles took to the city's sewers to creep beneath the German lines during lulls in the fierce counterattacks. Wounded in a fire fight the day after his sixteenth birthday and unable to face another visit to the sewers, he was captured as he lay in a makeshift cellar hospital wondering whether he was about to be shot or saved. Here he learned a lesson: there were decent Germans as well as bad. From one of the most harrowing episodes of the Second World War, this is an extraordinary tale of survival and defiance recounted by one of the few remaining veterans of Poland's bravest summer. Andrew Borowiec dedicates this book to all the Warsaw boys, 'especially those who never grew up'. 'A subtle, well observered autobiography. Beautifully paced' The Times 'A timely, angry, terribly moving and drily amusing account of an especially dark period in Poland's often tragic history' Telegraph 'Excellent, hugely engaging. For all the horrors that Borowiec describes, his is an affectionate, wryly amusing account puntuated by episodes of warmth and humanity' Financial Times Andrew Borowiec was born at Lodz in Poland in 1928. At fifteen he joined the Home Army, the main Polish resistance during the Second World War, and fought in the ill-fated Warsaw Uprising. After the war he left Poland and attended Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. He lives in Cyprus with his English wife Juliet.

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