Barnsley, 1st ed., 2004. Ix + 227 pp., 19 photo-plates. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. There can be few who have been through what the author has. As a junior Sapper officer, after delaying the Germans' devastating advance through Belgium and Northern France in May 1940, he somehow managed to escape back to England. In 1944, by now commanding an assault squadron clearing the Normandy beaches in front of a Canadian brigade, he landed at H-hour on D-Day. Wounded, he soon returned and was in near constant action, including the amphibious assault across the Rhine, until the end of the war. Five years later, in the Korean War, the author again cheated fate by the narrowest of margins. This vivid account of his experiences include his involvement in the wartime anthrax experiment that still renders the remote island of Gruinard uninhabitable.