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This book should be made into a film
on 20 November 2014
One of the most amazing memoirs I have read, full of fascinating detail, vibrant, humorous character portraits of comrades, as well as clear impressions about the squalor and sadness of war.
The contribution of commonwealth forces to the post-Normandy conflict often dwells on the failure at Arnhem - this book clearly tells the story of the major role played during some of the hardest fighting of the war. Interesting also to hear a contemporary account of the battle of attrition around Caen! which supports Montgomery's post war assertions about his purpose in tying down and writing down the strongest German forces, allowing the American forces to break out on the right flank, which is contested by more recent writers. The author also tells a good story about British-US cooperation which conflicts with the much-told tales of animosity between the allies.
The book is also beautifully written and full of poetry. Literally so at some points. And if you have any Scottish connections the book will surely strike a chord, although the relationship between the English officer and the Scottish squaddies is somewhat uncomfortable or modern ears.
Overall a good read and well worth the effort.