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With the Jocks: A Soldier's Struggle For Europe 1944-45 Paperback – 24 Oct 2002
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He served as a private, and was White's batman and bren gunner, and is portrayed in a few of the author's sketches.
I consider myself extremely fortunate to have read this book and listen to my father-in-law's personal account of it. Such as the time he almost shot White by accident whilst on sentry duty.
I am obviously biased, but this is an incredible book and an incredible story from start to finish.
It made a change to read about the ordinary Scottish soldiers during the war and not all the pip pip tally ho English gentlemen trooping about europe. A fair few times while reading how White's Jocks spoke to him it made my chuckle cos its the way i speak and would probably be talking the same way.
I do agree that with some folk saying that a lot of the Jocks he wrote about are mainly faceless but i can see where he was coming from. A lot of the time you could imagine him not really wanting to know every last detail about his soldiers because of the danger they faced day in day out.
When i read about how in some of the german town they captured they just went into the houses and settled down for the night while the german family slept round about them it was a real eye opener.
I would recommend this book to anyone who shares my passion for WW2 books.
The difficulties he experienced in the confusion of battle come across very well and also add a depth to procedings that one does not normally think about.
The sketches that White produced help illustrate the atmosphere in a way that simple photographs probably wouldn't have done.
What a cracking book. 5 Stars...a very well deserved 5 stars.
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