Brandy and bullets: the day Hemingway liberated the Ritz bar in Paris
In typical swashbuckling fashion, the writer was waging his own war against the Nazis
Even for Ernest Hemingway, a man whose bravado was matched only by his thirst, his liberation of the Ritz Hotel’s bar in Paris was the stuff of legend.
Officially the Nobel Prize-winning author of A Farewell to Arms and The Sun Also Rises was supposed to be a war correspondent for the American magazine Collier’s when he entered the French capital on August 25 1944.
In reality, the macho novelist, who strode from a commandeered Jeep with all the swagger of a general to take over the city’s most luxurious hotel, was waging his own swashbuckling private war against the Third Reich...