This biography attracts seriously at the own diaries of the topic, Robert Hichens (or ‘Hitch’ as he was once universally known). The publication includes exact and picture bills of operating battles. Tragically ‘Hitch’ was once killed in motion in April 1943, having refused advertising and a role ashore.
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