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Just finished a war novel:

 

From The City From The Plough

 

Alexander Baron ISBN 978-0-9482238-44-4 first published Jonathan Cape Ltd 1948 republished with additional historical notes and critique with notes about the Author 2010 Black Spring Press. The book is available from the usual on line sources for not very much money.

 

I'm not a huge fan of novels but this is based on the authors experiences and observation of a real front line infantry Battalion just prior to D Day and in action up to and including the the Mont Picon action. The names are fictitious but based on real people and real events in the correct time frame and settings.

 

Highly acclaimed when first published in 1948 and I would suggest 40 years ahead of it's time in terms of character portrayal it is a highly detailed study of the ordinary British infantry man of the period.

Highly recommended

Pete

I saw it described in CMV and remember reading it in the 1970's. it was excellent. The bit I recall is the OC of the company walking across a bridge picking a few flowers. Said officer encouraging his me on to overcome the enemy fire, a fine display of leadership with the resulting outcome......

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That's where I saw it reviewed Bob sounded interesting so looked for a copy a very good read, the Officer you mention is Colonel Pothacary CO of the unit.

Pete

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Just finished 'Fighting with the Screaming Eagles' Robert M Bowen ISBN 1-85367-465-6 first published 2001 by Greenhill books in the UK and Stackpole books in the US

The book is a personal account by a Robert M Bowen a member of the 401st/327th Glider Infantry Regiment and covers his active service from joining and training in the US,  subsequent shipment to the UK located at Brock barracks Reading then on through actions in Normandy, Holland and the defense of the Bastogne perimeter where he was wounded and taken prisoner.  The book then goes on to describe his experience for the next six months as a PoW.  The narrative is fast moving and in incredible detail written very soon after the end of the war using the authors recent memory and letters he sent home to his wife on a daily basis up to the point of capture. 

 I found this book informative, incitefull and thought provoking  and would highly recommend it as an alternative perspective to the memoirs produced by various members of the 101st Para troop units.  I was left certain that Robert M Bowen deserves a place among the more well known and publicized authors of the subject.  

Fighting with the Screaming Eagles appears on the usual web sites at a variety of prices, I picked my new copy up from a local antique shop....... an excellent read.   

Pete

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An interesting read although the fpelling is a bit strange in places.

 

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D-Day  through German eyes by Holger Eckhert, very interesting book which is made from interviews with German troops defending the invasion beaches. The interviews have been translated by the daughter of the original interviewer who was an official German war correspondent. There are two books in this series and are available for free download on Amazon unlimited.

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