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15 March 2008

US VETERAN
Sandi Toksvig
is joined by barrister and writer John Gimlette and US Veteran Putnam Flint to hear of a profound war experience and a recent personal return journey.

John Gimlette is the author of a new book entitled Panther Soup - a reference to the mud created by tanks and trucks - chronicling his journey from Marseilles to Austria in the tyre tracks of US army veteran Putnam Flint, formerly of the 824th Panther tank busters unit.

Putnam first made the journey in 1944/45 in order to help flush out and destroy German observation posts and other obstacles to allied victory.  In the company of John, and his grandson Jeff, Putnam revisited his wartime odyssey for the first time since his landing in Marseilles in October 1944.
 
NEW ZEALAND
Journalist and writer Duncan Fallowell tried to expunge a tyrannical wanderlust by travelling one last time as far away as he could so that he'd never need to travel again, and would at last be able to ‘relax’.  Duncan has chronicled his ‘last’ journey in a book Going as Far as I can.


Presented by Sandi Toksvig

Putnam Flint with an old half-track in Rohrbach, near Bitche, in Lorraine (France) (courtesy/© John Gimlette)


Photo: Putnam Flint with an old half-track in Rohrbach, near Bitche, in Lorraine (France) (courtesy/© John Gimlette)

This week’s guests: 

John Gimlette is a seasoned traveller and a prize-winning author. He is a regular contributor to a number of British broadsheets and to several travel magazines.

Panther Soup
Publisher: Hutchinson
ISBN-10: 0091796733
ISBN-13: 978-0091796730

Putnam Flint is a US army veteran, formerly of the 824th Panther tank busters unit.

Duncan Fallowell is a journalist, fiction and travel writer. Duncan was left a small sum of money and decided to use it to travel one last time!

Going as Far as I Can: The Ultimate Travel Book
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN-10: 1846680697
ISBN-13: 978-1846680694

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