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The Bomber Harris recipe book - Tom Assheton

Features | By Tom Assheton

Bomber’s surprise: pages from the recipe book, recently rebound

The wartime head of Bomber Command was a dab hand in the kitchen, remembers his grandson Tom Assheton

The Namib desert, south-west Africa: a young Arthur Harris, a former farmer and now a bugler in the 1st Rhodesia Regiment, tips liquefied bully beef from his ration tin on to the sand in disgust. He vows to apply his practical mind to the problem of eating well in the military, once they have booted the Germans out of southern Africa. Victory duly came on 9th July 1915 at Khorab, after a gruelling desert trek. The campaign over, he decided to continue the fight in Europe, if he could achieve this from a seated position. There was no place for him in the cavalry – so he joined the fledgling Royal Flying Corps. ...

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