The Bottom Line
- Extraordinary life story of the only woman to join the French Foreign Legion.
- Provides a fascinating perspective on the North Africa campaign.
- A well-written tale of a passionate woman who wouldnt settle for a womans role in life
- Youll wonder why youve never heard of Susan Travers before.
- Paperback book
- ISBN 0-552-14814-8
- Published by Corgi, www.booksattransworld.co.uk
Guide Review - Tomorrow to be Brave by Susan Travers
Born in 1909 in London, Susan Travers moved to the south of France in her teens. When the Second World War broke out, she signed up with the French Red Cross as a nurse. She saw her first active service in Finland, then volunteered to join the Free French troops when they went to Africa. Determined not to be left on the sidelines of the war or stick to the expected roles a woman would play, she ended up as driver to General Koening, which saw her in the heat of battle.
Susan Travers was awarded the Military Medal and the Legion dHonneur for leading a convey of men and vehicles breaking out from the siege by Rommel of Bir Hakeim, across the minefields of no-mans-land and past Rommels Panzer tanks. After the war she became a regular serving officer in the Foreign Legion the only women ever to do this.
Her writing is personal and intense, filled with details of events. Susan Travers may say her greatest regret was not to have been born a boy, but in her life she saw adventures and achieved things many a boy would never.