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Black Watch: Liberating Europe and Catching Himmler - My Extraordinary WW2 with the Highland Division
Black Watch: Liberating Europe and Catching Himmler - My Extraordinary WW2 with the Highland Division
by Tom Renouf
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 16.10

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking read, 10 May 2011
This is a fascinating read. The author has managed a rare feat in weaving his personal story as a soldier fighting his way across Europe against the fanatical Hitler Youth, alongside the remarkable story of the famous 51st Highland Division and those comrades who fought alongside him.

He tells how the 51st Highland Division were captured during the debacle at St Valery at the start of the war, before rebuilding, and going on to restore their honour, with incredible bravery at historic battles, including El Alamein, D-Day and Normandy, Holland, before fighting their way across the Rhine into Nazi Germany and playing a huge role in ending the war.

Renouf writes with an elegant simplicity of the horrors of war and brings to life his upbringing in the small Scottish coastal town of Musselburgh, his army training, and own war which ends in the capture of one of the world's most wanted men, Heinrich Himmler.

A cracking tale that will appeal to a wide range of readers.
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The Forgotten Highlander: My Incredible Story of Survival During the War in the Far East
The Forgotten Highlander: My Incredible Story of Survival During the War in the Far East
by Alistair Urquhart
Edition: Hardcover

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gripping Read, 8 Mar 2010
This is a gripping, fascinating tale of survival that I read in one sitting, leaving me both inspired and angry - angry that this stoic young man who went through so much at the hands of his evil tormenters, the Japanese, only to be forgotten and thrown on the trash pile by the British government on his eventual release from captivity. Despite being packed with vivid detail of time, place, and history, this book races along at a cracking pace - you want to know what happens next to this poor chap, how he will deal with it, and how he has ever managed to live to the ripe old age of 90. I recommend this book to anyone, of any age, sex, or nationality, for we can all learn from this remarkable, honest story.


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