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The Recollections of Rifleman Bowlby: Italy, 1944 (Famous regiments) Hardcover – Aug 1989


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  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Leo Cooper Publishing; New edition edition (Aug 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0850521386
  • ISBN-13: 978-0850521382
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,307,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'One of the great Second World War memoirs ... will be read as long as that war is remembered' - John Keegan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Alex Bowlby served in the Greenjackets during World War II, and later joined the 21st S.A.S. (T.A.). He first published his Recollections in 1969. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard Shepherd on 19 Jan 2003
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As John Keegan said, "a great memoir" with extraordinarily vivid writing, bringing to life the stress, horror and anxiety of war. This book lifts the lid on the private soldier's perceptions of his comrades and leaders and should be read by anyone who aspires to leadership in whatever capacity. Alec Bowden's struggle with his fears and temptations provide a fascinating insight into human nature, his leaders influence on his spirit a great lesson.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By dazzer252 on 16 Aug 2010
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I brought this book as I enjoy reading personal accounts from WWII. I found this book excellent and it gives a very good account of the troubles faced by an infrantry soldier in Italy during WWII. I am surprised the book doesn't have more reviews and would recommend it to all!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dermie X on 17 Jun 2013
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You know what it's like, everyone tells you that book X is brilliant and you ought to read it but you think it's going to turn out like that Dan Brown novel you found stuck to your shoe, so you don't bother. That's what I did with Rifleman Bowlby. I was wrong. It's great.
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Painfully honest 2 Mar 2004
By Espen Andersen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As the title hints, this is a memoir by the English version of a grunt during the 1944 Italian campaign.
This is fairly low-key as war memoirs go, written by a "gentleman" who chose to remain a regular soldier because he was, among the Cockney soldiers, "accepted for what he was rather than for what he was supposed to be."
Two aspects of this book made an impression: First, the everyday manner in which people die, making a profound impression on the others - not the death of one individual, but the gradual way in which this takes a toll on the participants. Secondly, the number of soldiers who desert or refuse to go into battle, and how this is dealt with by the officers, who, rather than having them automatically court martialled, will give them a rest and let the pressure from the other soldiers get them back into service.
You get the impression of a book written entirely honestly, by someone who was a little too young to understand what was going on, and who aged fast.
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Recollections of Rifleman Bowlby 3 Mar 2000
By Clive Gower-Collins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
John Keegan has suggested that as long as interest in the Second World War continues people will read and re-read this book. I believe he is correct. Personal narratives of war are increasingly popular, but for the historian or the buff who wishes to dig back a little, the results can be disappointing. The inevitable tendency to reflect the prevailing mood of the time, or at least not butcher too many sacred cows, means that many of the post-WW2 accounts are to be taken (in my opinion) with more than the usual grain of salt. Bowlby exhibits an unusual degree of candour for the time. This work also comes from the pen of a men accustomed to expressing himself clearly, and it shows. A 'must' for scholar and buff alike. Clive Gower-Collins
Just the facts, with feeling 22 Jun 2006
By John E. Vidale - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book from a rave recommendation of an online friend who was an Australia soldier.

The autobiography recounts the latter part of service in WWII of an infantryman from England. It took a few pages to get into the mood, the beginning set the stage as he goes to Italy and deals with life as a soldier.

The action soons begins, and the stark, clear descriptions of the adrenaline and terror and endless waiting of warfare are fascinating. Artillery shells arrive without warning, illness strikes, soldiers go AWOL and return, life is unfair.

But the rifleman is a young man, out for adventure, and with a keen eye and ear, prone to understatement as well as introspection. We are there with him, and for most of the book might envy his adventure, until the ending.

A unique read, which I recommend.
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