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on 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.