The very best war stories are written by people who actually participated in the conflict. This is a prime example. The author has written in great detail the story of the commando in which he was the medical officer, from the formation of the unit , the arduous training , going ashore on D Day, advancing throgh France and the Netherlands and finally to the end of the war in Europe, What the author also achieves is showing the importance of the battle for Walcheren so that the port of Antwerp could be used by allied shipping . There are many examples of personal experiences , not just his own but others as well. This is an authentic record of brave men who achieved so much.