Announcing All Soldiers Run Away: Alano’s War, The Story of a British Deserter

Lammi Publishing, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has acquired the rights to the biography All Soldiers Run Away: Alano’s War, The Story of a British Deserter by Andy Owen.

All Soldiers Run Away: Alano’s War, The Story of a British Deserter is the story of Alan Juniper’s wartime experiences in the North African and Italian Campaigns in the Second World War, as well as a wider look at the taboo subject of desertion both then and today. Alan served with the Eighth Army in North Africa, arriving in Egypt in 1941. His battalion, the Tower Hamlets Rifles found itself in the first battle in which German General Erwin Rommel and his Afrika Korps engaged with Allied forces in Africa. Alan and his battalion fought and took heavy losses in a series of intense and confusing battles. They fought against an enemy they began to believe was superior, as they lost confidence in their own leadership, and moved mostly back, but occasionally forth, across the unforgiving sands. After having served for over 500 days, when the Eighth Army was at its nadir having been forced back to Alamein, at the same time that a no confidence motion being tabled against the British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and plans were being made to evacuate Cairo, Alan deserted. Soon captured, he was thrown in to military prison, surviving the tough regime until given the chance to be released to fight in the Italian Campaign as the war began to turn in the Allies favour. He again became involved in some intense, but little known, battles this time in the hills of central Italy. After witnessing the carnage of the night fighting in the hills surrounding Perugia, he deserted a second time. A broken man in a broken landscape he arrived in a small Umbrian village and was taken in by a people that had only months before been the enemy. He became part of the community in this village, helping the community survive the vicissitudes of post-occupation life, forming relationships that would last the rest of his life, until he was eventually arrested again at the end of the war.

Sixty years later the reasons for Alan’s desertion started to surface. After a series of sessions with a psychologist from the charity Combat Stress Alan was finally diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. One incident in particular seemed to be a key cause of his PTSD – an incident occurring at some point in his time in the desert when, during one of the many heavy bombardments he was exposed to, he became trapped in a bunker with a live unexploded shell blocking the bunker entrance as the ground continued to shake from the continued shelling. It was only when the onset of Alzheimer’s made his condition more acute, after a lifetime of having been affected by the condition undiagnosed, that his family became aware of some of Alan’s experiences and his original desertion. As the Alzheimer’s progressed he became convinced that any new people who came to see him were Royal Military Police officers come to take him away again. As the family discovered new revelations concerning his wartime experiences and treatment, they decided it was time to tell his story. All Soldiers Run Away is the search for Alan’s story in lost battles, missing war diaries and faded memories. Through his story and contrasting desertions from the same war and more recent conflicts the book looks at some of the reasons soldiers desert. It examines why the military and society attaches shame to those who desert, and goes on to explore what duties soldiers have towards each other and the communities from which they come from.

Andy Owen served in the Intelligence Corps of the British Army reaching the rank of Captain. He completed operational tours in Northern Ireland (2003), Iraq (2004 and 2005) and in Helmand Province, Afghanistan in 2007. All Soldiers Run Away is his third book following the novels; East of Coker (2016) and Invective (2014).

Publication date to be announced.

Table of Contents for Canadians and War, Vol. 1

The book is now available directly through the publisher or through all major ebook retailers.

Lammi Publishing, Inc. is pleased to release the table of contents for our first semi-annual essay collection on Canadian military history.

Lunenburg’s “Quiet Riot” and Maritime Resistance to the 1917 Military Service Act
by Maryanne Lewell

Maryanne Lewell is a PhD candidate at the University of New Brunswick, where she is studying the Acadians of the Maritime Provinces in the Great War. She is also a high school history teacher at Saint John High School, where she has taught since 2002.

Canada’s Eagles over HUSKY: Canadian Airmen in the Battle of Sicily
by Alexander Fitzgerald-Black

Alex has been published in a number of popular and academic periodicals. Most recently, he wrote an article for Airforce Magazine entitled “Two Canadian Aces of ‘The Greatest Air Battle of the Mediterranean War.’” In late 2013, “Canadian Airmen over Italy” appeared in Legion Magazine. Earlier that year, he co-authored “Husky’s Price: A Window on 21 Lives Lost in Sicily” in Canadian Military History, having previously published in that leading academic journal in 2012. He maintains a blog focusing mainly on his historical research at and is a contributor to He also posts regularly on twitter as @alexfitzblack.  He has an MA in History from the University of New Brunswick and is presently working to turn his thesis into a manuscript.

Who Were Their Liberators?
by Matthew Douglass

Matthew Douglass is a Fredericton native. He obtained his Masters in History at the University of New Brunswick in 2013, where he examined the combat effectiveness of the New Brunswick Rangers, an Independent Heavy Machine Gun company during the Second World War. He was a participant of the 2012 Canadian Battlefields Foundation Tour to France and Belgium, and the following summer he took part in the Canadian-American Staff Ride Tour of Sicily that coincided with the 70th Anniversary commemoration tour. He is currently expanding his MA thesis into a manuscript for the New Brunswick Military Heritage Project series while also pursuing an MBA. Matt can be found on Twitter using the handle @matty_d_89

Canadian Army Humour: Second World War
By Lieutenant Colonel W.A. (Bill) Leavey, MA, CD (Retired)

Lieutenant-Colonel (Retired) W.A. (Bill) Leavey served in the Canadian Army Infantry from 1967 to 2008. The field units he served in include the Black Watch, Royal Highland Regiment of Canada (RHC), the Royal Canadian Regiment (RCR), the Canadian Airborne Regiment (CAR), and the Princess of Wales Own Regiment (PWOR). From 1994 to 1998 he was seconded with Veterans Affairs Canada as military liaison officer for the Canada Remembers Program, a commemoration group celebrating battle and campaign anniversaries for all of Canada’s major wartime events. LCol Leavey holds a Master’s degree in English from the Royal Military College. He has written two books of anecdotes for the RHC and RCR, entitled War Stories, Anecdotes and Lies. LCol Leavey has also published numerous stories, articles, and essays on military humour and humour in general in local and national magazines and newspapers. He lives in Kingston, Ontario with his wife Maureen, a 35-year veteran herself, and their granddaughter Maggee, 11, and her pet rabbit Humphrey.


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Dr. Charles H. Read Jr’s Memoirs of HMS Nabob Acquired

Lammi Publishing inc. is pleased to announce that it has acquired the worldwide electronic English language rights to the wartime memoirs of Dr. Charles H. Read, Jr.

Dr. Read served as a flight surgeon aboard HMS Nabob, the first aircraft carrier crewed mainly by Canadians as part of the Royal Navy. We believe that this is the first memoir published that will focus on the experience of the crew. Most of the material written about the vessel has been based around the ship’s specifications, rather than those who served. The book describes Dr. Read’s determination to be a member of the crew as well as his perceptions on the crewmen and wartime England. The memoir concludes with the ship’s participation in the attack on the Tirpitz, where it was torpedoed by U-354.

Those fascinated in the naval history of the Second World War and Canadian naval history will be particularly interested by his account of the ship’s torpedoing and recovery operations. His criticisms of the ship’s Captain Nelson Lay are likely to cause a re-evaluation of the captain’s actions.

Sadly Dr. Read passed away last week at the age of 97. We send our condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

The book is now in the editing phase. Title and publication date will be announced. It will be released through all major distribution channels and in appropriate formats. For updates please join our mailing list or follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook.