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By Land, Sea and Air: An Illustrated History of the 2nd Battalion the South Staffordshire Regiment 1939-1945 Hardcover – 1 Jan 2004

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: R N Sigmond (Jan. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9080471860
  • ISBN-13: 978-9080471863
  • Package Dimensions: 27.6 x 21.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,764,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Story of the 2nd Battalion The Robert Sigmond Publishing is pleased to announce the publicationof their new book on the 2nd Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment during World War Two. ISBN 90-804718-6-0, 224 pages, hardback, full colour dust wrapper, 175 b/w illustrations Price [pound]20 available from N Cherry 3 Church Road Warton Lancashire PR4 1BD. This book is the story of a Regular Battalion that in September 1939 was stationed in India before returning to the UK in July 1940. In 1941 they were selected to convert to an Airlanding unit in the newly forming 1st Airlanding Brigade and started a short association with gliders. Sent to North Africa in early 1943 they took part in the invasion of Sicily by air in July 1943 and suffered heavy casualties. They later took part in the invasion of Italy in September 1943 and the subsequent fighting there before returning to the UK in early 1944. Kicking their heels in the UK they watched their comrades in the 6th Airborne Division take part in the invasion of Normandy in June 1944 and were frustrated by numerous cancelled airborne operations.

Then in September 1944 along came an ambitious airborne operation called Market Garden for the invasion of Holland. Landing in Holland they were to undergo a week's savage street fighting in Arnhem and Oosterbeek. They won two of the five Victoria Crosses awarded during the fighting. The authors have spent many years researching the role of the 2nd South Staffords in the 1st Airlanding Brigade and have numerous personal accounts which portray a realistic picture of the fighting in Sicily, Italy and Holland. These coupled with Official Reports provide the first ever account of this fighting Battalion.


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