Brandy and bullets: the day Hemingway liberated the Ritz bar in ...

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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

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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...

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