The Left Handshake
The Boy Scout Movement during the War, 1939-1945
by Hilary St. George Saunders
byThe Chief Scout of the British Commonwealth and Empire
WHEN COLONEL BADEN-POWELL entered the capital city of the Ashanti people in 1890 he was met by one of the Chiefs who came to him holding out his left hand. B.-P. held out his right in return but the Chief said: "No, in my country the bravest of the brave shake with the left hand." So began the "left handshake" of the world-wide brotherhood of Scouts. In this book are told some of the stories of courage and endurance shown by Scouts in many different countries during the war of 1939-45. There would not be room even in many books to tell them all. Many, indeed, can never be told; some for political reasons, some because the actors died unknown. They remembered their Promise, to do their best to do their duty to God, and their Country; to think of other people and not themselves. So, when the time came, they were prepared in body and in spirit to render their service.Their record is unsurpassed; they were "the bravest of the brave."
Table of Contents
|Hilary St George Saunders, The Left Handshake, 1948|
|Forward by Lord Rowallan, Chief Scout of the British Commonwealth and Empire.|
|Chapter I: Bravery. The Story of Jan van Hoof|
|Chapter II: Enterprise. Lord Baden-Powell|
|Chapter III: Purpose. Scouting in the British Isles|
|Chapter IV: Resolution. Scouting in Occupied Countries|
|Chapter V: Endurance. Scouting in Captivity|
|Chapter VI: Partnership. Scouting in the Empire and in the U.S.A.|
|Chapter VII: Assurance. Scouting in Refugee and Displaced Persons' Camps|
|Chapter VIII: Reformation. Scouting in the Defeated Countries|
|Chapter IX: Enthusiasm. The Movement and its Meaning|
|Chapter X. Devotion. The Jamboree of Peace|
|Appendix I. Services Rendered|
|Appendix II. Census of Boy Scout Associations in 1939 and 1947|
In his book, The Left Handshake, Hilary St. George Saunders recounts the history of the Boy Scout Movement during the Second World War. 1939-1945. It is a story of bravery and devotion to duty. At the suggestion of his Scoutmaster, Ralf Bell, a member of the BdP (Bund der Pfadfinderinnen und Pfadfinder) in Germany, began the project of sharing this memorable story on the World Wide Web. He published several of the early chapters as part of his pages on German Scouting. In 1996, he began a collaboration with Lew Orans to make the entire book available in electronic format. These pages are now offered on his German Scouting pages and on the Pine Tree Web.
These chapters are worthwhile reading for every Scout who wishes to better understand the challenge of the Scout Oath and Law.
|Ralf Bell's edition of "The Left
(Not currently available. Rabe continues his work on translation into German).
|German Scouting and Guiding (in English)|
|Pfadfinderseite (in German)|
|Ralf "Rabe" Bell is a graduate student at the University of Duesseldorf and a member of the BdP (Bund der Pfadfinderinnen und Pfadfinder). His German Scouting pages provide an excellent overview of Scouting in Germany today. Lew Orans, an American Scouter, is publisher of the Pine Tree Web.|
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