Barclay, Brigadier C. N.


1st ed., 1956. Xvii + 233 pp., 26 photo-plates + 16 maps + 1 other fldg., map. Red cloth ; gilt ; 24 x 15cm. Small tape marks to blank e.p.’s o/w a very nice, bright copy, V.G.+. This is a history of the 53rd (Welsh) Division in the Second World War with an emphasis on the fighting period from June 1944 to May 1945, during which time they made the long journey from Normandy to Hamburg. Beginning with a background to the War this book covers the Division’s training and service in Wales and the West Midlands from September 1939 to April 1940, in Northern Ireland from April 1940 to November 1941, the Welsh Border Counties and Kent, November 1941 to December 1942, preparation for "Operation Overlord", Kent, January 1943 to June 1944, the Normandy beachhead, June to August 1944, the advance across France to the Low Countries and early operations east of Antwerp, August to October 1944, the capture of ‘s-Hertogenbosch’, 22nd to 27th October 1944, operations on the River Maas, October to December 1944, operations in the Ardennes, December 1944 to January 1945, The Rhineland Battle, 1945, over the Rhine – "Operation Plunder", and into the heart of Germany – victory in the west. There is also a chapter on the Supporting Arms and Administration and on the post-war years 1945-1955. Illustrated with 26 photograph plates and 17 maps, one of which is folding.

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