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A harrowing journey,
This review is from: With the Jocks: A Soldier's Struggle for Europe 1944-45 (Paperback)
Anyone wishing to experience at first hand the horrors and mental strain of combat should delve into Peter White's fascinating personal archive. As a keen student of military history and particularly Stephen Ambrose, I was eager to read this book. Most ones I have read so far are focused on American units and Ambrose, although all his novels are diligently researched, seems to have little time for British units and their exploits. This is what gives this book such a fresh appeal.
I found White's narrative to be excellent. Easy to understand, not brimming with military jargon and certainly not patronising( I am a Scot too!). His regaling of the fighting itself is pretty grim and really did make for some uncomfortable reading. I did get the feeling that I was almost fighting alonsgside him sometimes and to be fair the fact that he got through at all never mind have the strentgh of mind to pen his memoirs is remarkable.
It's clear from the book that he had a strong affection for the men in his platoon and felt it as badly as the rest when one of them was badly injured or killed outright.
I've read this book twice now and the second time was much more rewarding than the first for reasons I find hard to fathom. A more keen and penetrating history of being a platoon commander in the final days of World War II you're unlikely to find. Highly recommended.