I bought several copies of this book for myself and my family, because my father was a member of 47 RM Commando and took part in Operation Infatuate, the Assault on Walcharen in 1944. The operation doesn't seem to be widely known about and there are few books about it. I had read a couple of very dry historical accounts and then, having gone on a commemorative trip with my father to the Netherlands, and met another veteran John "Doc" Fofar, I read his excellent book about 47 commando "From Omaha to the Scheldt", told from his own experiences. Marc's book continues in this vein, cleverly using the actual accounts of the soldiers, interspersed with really interesting photographs and background information. The personal accounts really bring to life what it was like to be involved, and it's great that men from all levels finally get the opportunity to tell their own stories.
This is a great addition to the 47 RM Commando story. It’s all there in their own words from both men and officers, including the CO, Col Phillips. There’s a wonderful array of photographs, including many personal photos of veterans, and reproductions of maps actually used during the landings plus many useful listings. But the main text is the unrolling of events as they happened from the Commando’s inception and training to its disbandment and all from the viewpoint of those who took part - a unique insight. If you want to know what it felt like to land on D-Day in Normandy followed by the even more difficult landing on Walcheren and the slog through war-torn Europe this will help. You could be there. This doesn’t supersede John Forfar’s 'From Omaha to the Scheldt' which covers in greater detail the history of 47 Commando but it does give another perspective which could also be of interest to historians and those with a general interest in D-Day and the advance into Europe. The book includes a good contents page and the personal accounts run in chronological order. There’s also a list of abbreviations, invaluable if, like me, you need help sorting out your FOOs from your FOPs. Overall the book is a huge achievement, very impressive and highly recommended.
Could not put the book down, finished it in two days. A friends father had written a little bit in the book. Have spent holidays in Normandy so I know the area and spent a great day in Port-en Bessin. Would recommend the book. A relative landed on Gold Beach like the Commandos.
I was fortunate enough to visit Port En Bessin, liberated by 47 Marine Commando on 7th June 1944. I was inspired by the various monuments around the town to find out more, so when I got home, I bought this book and read it. It is a really good book, that tells the story of these amazing men. Personal accounts of what happened, and what these guys did. Would thoroughly recommend to anyone who wants to know the history of this unit.
as a veteran of 47 Royal Marine Commando our webmaster Marc has done an excellent job for us I am featured in the book I am sure it will be a best seller along with our M.Os book by Doc Forfar From Omaha to the Scheldt
My grandfather was John Tomlison, who served in 47. I haven't started this yet but am looking forward to it, & hope to find out something about what happened to my grandfather, who died in well before I was old enough to ask him any questions. The five star is, pre read, for quick delivery of product then, rather than trad review just yet.