Battalion: A British Infantry Unit’s Actions from El Alamein to the Elbe, 1942-1945 by Alastair Borthwick

Battalion: A British Infantry Unit’s Actions from El Alamein to the Elbe, 1942-1945 by Alastair Borthwick lands on the |> SALE <| shelves in my shop.

Bâton Wicks Publications, 2001, Paperback.

First in this, paperback, edition. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps;

From the cover: BATTALION is the tale of the 5th Seaforth Highlanders, one of nine infantry battalions that made up the 51st (Highland) Division.

A World War Two infantry battalion had about nine hundred men, nearly all of them civilians in uniform, and the battalion was their home. Everyone knew everyone else. Generals might think in terms of divisions and brigades but an infantrymans war was fought by battalions. The 5th Seaforths covered 3000 miles and fought two dozen actions. They were in key positions at El Alamien and other desert battles. They took part in the conquest of Sicily. They landed in Normandy two days after D-Day and fought a number of actions in France. Then came canal crossings in Holland, the Ardennes counter-offensive and the costly advance through the Reichswald to turn the Siegfried Line. Finally, after crossing the Rhine, came a series of vicious battles on German soil.

The book is notable for the sheer amount of front line action described. It is a tale of the courage and application to duty that reflects the experiences of many Allied infantrymen. It records in detail a period of history and provides a moving testament to the efforts of young men asked by their country to face the supreme challenge.

Very Good.

303 pages. Index. 9¼” x 6″.

This book will be eventually reach my delightful website…(added to my Military History category.) but get 60% off buying from this very blog blog… Buy it now for just £2.60 + P&P! Of course, if you don’t like this one there are plenty more available here!

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