D-Day Hero: CMS Stanley Hollis VC: CSM Stanley Hollis VC Hardcover – 20 May 2004
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About the Author
Mike organ is a senior journalist with the Middlesbrough Evening Gazette and author of Daggers Drawn and Sting of the Scorpion. He is a winner of the government's national Race in the Media Award for Campaigning Journalism and a former Yorkshire Press Awards News Reporter and News Feature Writer of theYear. He lives in Whitby.
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one of my relations served with Hollis throughout the war and the book has certainly answered a lot of questions for me.Men like Hollis only come along once in a lifetime and Mike Morgan has done him and his comrades proud,After all where would we have been without the likes of Hollis and his ilk, well done Mike Morgan on producing a cracking read on a great British hero.
Author Mike Morgan has captured the feeling of apprehension, initiative and courage of the men involved in the D-Day landings, and the special character of the only man to be awarded the VC on D-Day.
Once again author Mike Morgan's tireless research has made D-Day Hero a really interesting and informative book to read.
Serving with The Green Howards in the Western Desert, Sicily and the Normandy Campaign, Company Sergeant Major Hollis led by example at all times, he was wounded and taken prisoner by the African Corps and was personally congratulated by Rommel himself, for the valour he had shown, before then going on to make a daring escape!
Winning the only Victoria Cross to be awarded for actions on D-Day, CSM Hollis actually took part in two V.C. actions, which saved the lives of numerous colleagues and left a vast number of the enemy dead. This real life hero was also recommended for the Distinguished Conduct Medal, a Military Medal and a Mention in Despatches!
This superb book, with , its many excellent archive photographs, also includes a very useful short history of The Green Howards, along with a list of the regiment's Second World War Gallantry Medal Winnners, the Gold Beach , (Normandy) Order of Battle and the regiment's Role of Honour for Normandy, therefore it represents excellent value for money and a very useful volume for any military historian, battlefield guide or relative researching a family member who served with this famous Yorkshire regiment at this crucial period of time in our history.
Stan Hollis was a truly remarkable soldier who was revered not only by his fellow soldiers but also by Erwin Rommel, who asked to meet Stan Hollis after the Germans captured him in the desert. Sadly, after this meeting with Rommel German soldiers beat the captive Stan Hollis around the head so badly it fractured his skull and he needed to have a metal plate inserted after he was able to escape.
The sections dealing with the VC recommendations on D-Day you will find gripping. Stan Hollis, the "Fearless Fighting Legend" gave these accounts in his own words. Indeed after D-Day Stan Hollis inspired many other soldiers who listened to this humble man describe the actions of that day. There is no doubt that after listening to Stan Hollis such soldiers were inspired to imitate his fierce fighting qualities.
This really is a worthy tribute to Stan Hollis, pointing out the determination and fighting spirit which made the British fighting soldier so formidable and respected by German soldiers during WW2. Stan Hollis didn't set out to win medals, rather he was a man who fought hard to save his comrades and kill the enemy as swiftly and effectively as possible.
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