Sydney Jary led 18 platoon of 4/Somerset Light Infantry in Normandy, the Netherlands and Germany in 1944 and 1945. Working with excellent NCOs he built the sort of "band of brothers" that forms the backbone of all armies; and had the ability to encapsulate this bond in a splendid little book. Jary's writing is almost in the same class as John Masters' BUGLES AND A TIGER (I think I've read Masters a dozen times and had four versions "liberated" by chums). Not only does it perfectly encapsulate friendship and pride of corps; but it avoids either a winsomely Great War Poets approach or that of the opposite Captain Hurricane Jerry killers persuasion. Jary clearly enjoys combat, yet admits to be being a pacifist at times. His section on looking into the destroyed assault guns is a good example of the latter.
For the military reader there are some very useful points on the supposed superiority of the Wehrmacht over the BLA and some interesting comments on the American army and how it treated its squaddies. There is also plenty of the chaos and sudden surprise of close combat, and with Jary close is exactly what combat is.
For those interested in leadership this (and Masters' book) are very thought-provoking though perhaps one cannot carry over principles hardened in combat to how you run a board meeting. Jary has some poignant comments on re-entering civilian life. Perhaps the book's strongest point is its decency.