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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely engrossing., 24 Jun 2014
This review is from: Fighting Through From Dunkirk to Hamburg: A Green Howards Wartime Memoir (Kindle Edition)
This is a remarkable account of this gentleman's wartime experiences and an important piece of social history. Whilst it is not a literary work, the detail and observation is acute. Bill must have had a remarkable memory. Some of the insights into the attitudes and customs of the time are revealing - at his interview for a commission as an officer being asked whether he was of independent means for instance - perhaps considering whether he could adequately support his mess bill.

This is a truly captivating account of some of the major events of the Second World War - the evacuation from Dunkirk, fighting on the Mareth line; the battle of Wadi Akrit, the invasion of Sicily and the D Day landings were reported in a self-effacing, straightforward manner but no less impressive for that. Bill's report of the landing at Gold beach was as explicit as the opening scene from "Saving Private Ryan" and for those who have visited the beaches it is memorable. Equally interesting was the account of his peacekeeping duties after the war ended in Hamburg and Duisburg - a period lightly covered.

I found this account enormously interesting, especially because it follows the same progress as my Greek mother in law who joined the British army as a VAD nurse, served in the same theatres of war and is also the subject of a novel published as an Ebook. She also met and married her British army NCO - also Bill.

This is a document that should be read by our young schoolchildren because it communicates directly with the reader and Bill's personality shines through. It is a real eye-opener to what life was really like as an infantryman in the Second World War.

He must have been made of tough stuff and Paul and his family must be justifiably proud of his memory.

Gavin James
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