AT THE SHARP END: FROM LE PARADIS TO KOHIMA. 2ND BATTALION THE ROYAL NORFOLK REGIMENT.

Hart, Peter.


£30.00




1st ed., 1998. 224 pp., illustrated with a wealth of photo-ills., maps & plans. D.j., 24 x 18cm. FINE. This is a history of the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Norfolk Regiment, in World War II. As the blitzkrieg raged at the end of the ‘Phoney War' the bulk of the unit were caught in a last ditch defence against an SS Division at Le Paradis in France, May 1940. Here they sold their lives to gain precious time for the retreating BEF and, after a heroic defence, nearly 100 of the survivors were brutally massacred. Drafts from Norwich, Birmingham and London were moulded into a new 2nd Battalion. Posted with the 2nd Division to India, the men honed their skills until the Imperial Japanese Army finally made its thrust for India in March 1944. This elite Division was airlifted to the Kohima area to meet the Japanese head on. The 2nd Norfolks were selected as part of a flanking thrust, like a right hook, round the main Japanese defences. They marched through days of jungle until they clashed with the enemy on GPT Hill. Finally the Battalion took part in a heroic assault up the heights of Aradura Spur as part of a series of actions which finally cleared Kohima and opened the way to Imphal.


Share this book