Marching to the Sound of Gunfire.

By Patrick Delaforce

Printed: 2000

Publisher: Chancellor Press. London

Dimensions 16 × 24 × 2 cm

Language: English

Size (cminches): 16 x 24 x 2

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In this delightful book, scores of British soldiers tell their amazing stories of life – and death – in the front line of the Allies’ advance from Normandy to Hitler’s Germany. In eleven months of bitter fighting the combined efforts of the British and their allies ground down their ruthless enemy. Each and every man has a unique story to tell, whether they were infantry, tank crews, gunners, sappers or in vital logistic and supporting units. Their experiences make for powerful and fascinating reading. First-hand accounts of the landings, liberation of towns and villages, fierce actions, not all successful, the cost of war in life and material being home the magnitude of the venture and the range of emotions that were experienced by generals and the most junior soldiers.

Review: Patrick Delaforce does another incredible job on patching together history with many individual personal memories in the same way he does with other titles. This section of the war is glossed over as the great swan to capture Northern Germany with either the Normandy landings, Arnhem, or Battle of the Bulge being concentrated on. In reality some of the bitterest fighting took place with thousands of casualties and units being disbanded due to losses in Belgium, Holland and Germany. This book goes some way to restoring the deficit, read it and weep because it is just as heart rending as other histories of the blood letting of the youth of the Allied forces and Germany to restore the freedom of speech and way of life.

Patrick Delaforce is the author of 47 non-fiction books: biographies, travel, wine, and more recently, military history. They have been published in 9 countries; his books on Churchill and Hitler in Russia. A World War 2 veteran,he was a Port wine shipper in Portugal, lived in France where he wrote travel books, headed an advertising company in the USA and now lives in Brighton. Each year about 5 of his books are re-issued, currently by Pen & Sword, Fonthill Media and Thistle. His literary agent is Andrew Lownie of Westminster. In 2015 `Onslaught on Hitler’s Rhine’, `The Fourth Reich: Operation Eclipse’ and `Red Crown and Dragon’ are being launched.

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