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Offline manchesterreg

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Re: WWII Book Review
« Reply #15 on: January 10, 2017, 09:11:11 PM »
Ive had the pleasure of reading this book, available from Amazon, it's a very heavy and large book, packed with information and photographs and put together extremely well, whilst its price may seem high, its certainly not for what you get.

Offline Wellington Bonaparte

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Re: WWII Book Review
« Reply #16 on: April 22, 2017, 11:03:30 PM »
I'll start with one of my absolute favourites.

'With The Jocks' - A Soldiers Struggle For Europe 1944-45. Peter White.

A vivid and graphic account written by an officer at the sharp end of the KOSB actions, from the battle for Walcheren right through to the bitter end at Bremen. Very readable, full of detail, sad, gripping and very worthwhile. Lots of details of the actions and people involved.

The original manuscript was apparently hidden away for 50 years.

Highly recommended. A book that I come back to often.

I totally agree with all you have said abo e an amazingand evocative book. White was a South African artillery officer who found himself transferred to a Kings Own Scottish Borderers bn in 1944.
His book reminds me of Ambrose's 'Band of brothers'  and would make a great film, the only major problem is its British, and if portrayed correctly the Jocks would all have very strong accents which would need sub titles to make sense! Having been and Englishman in a Scottish Bn, I can tell it can be hard work.
Any one interested in the British infantry in the late war really should have this book. Incidentally the author was an artist by profession and the drawings in the book are all from his collection many done at the time.

Offline Hummster

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Re: WWII Book Review
« Reply #17 on: May 21, 2017, 04:41:17 PM »
I'll agree with the recommendations for "With the Jocks" and add a couple more

Hell in Hurtgen Forest: The Ordeal and Triumph of an American Infantry Regiment by Robert S Rush. Very detailed account of the fighting in the Hurtgenwald by the US 22 Infantry Regiment. It is revealing for his analysis of the US replacement system as well as the fighting.

D-Day to Victory: The Diaries of a British Tank Commander - Sgt Trevor Greenwood, based on diaries kept during the fighting from Normandy through to VE day in Europe so giving a feel for the day to day life in a tank regiment.

Offline Sir Rodney Ffing

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Re: WWII Book Review
« Reply #18 on: May 24, 2017, 09:16:19 AM »
I have just finished reading "Come to Dust" by Robin Maugham.  It is a slightly fictionalised (names changed and a few real life persons merged into one character) account of his time in 4CLY serving in North Africa.  The author took part in Operation Crusader as a troop leader (in a Crusader regiment as it happens) and in Gazala as the regiment's IO (with much dashing about in a scout car).  It is a gripping narrative combining vivid descriptions of actions he was involved in with nitty gritty detail of what desert service was like and some personal reflections.  The book was written from the author's hospital bed as he recovered from wounds sustained in the Gazala battles and published in 1945.  Out of print, of course, but highly recommended and well worth tracking down if you can find a second hand copy.  Mine was ex-library stock found on the internet.    
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Offline wrgmr1

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Re: WWII Book Review
« Reply #19 on: June 18, 2017, 01:32:07 AM »
"Brazen Chariots by Robert Crisp". It's essentially a diary of one Honey troop commanders experiences during the desert Crusader battles. It really gives you an idea of what it was like in a tank during these confusing and sometimes terrifying battles. I dig this one out every two years or so just for a good read.

"Guns of Normandy", "Guns of Victory" and "Where the Hell are the Guns" are books by Canadian George G. Blackburn. He was an artillery officer with the 3rd Canadian division in Normandy and Holland. A gritty and extremely personal experience of what it was like in Normandy and after. He details how the guns worked and the devastation a full AGRA (Army Group Royal Artillery) could do the the Germans. A lowly FOO could call in an SOS and get every gun within range to hit a target the size of a football pitch in a few minutes.


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