Battalion: A British Infantry Unit's Actions from El Alamein to the Elbe 1942-1945 - Alastair BorthwickLondon: Baton Wicks, 1994, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper with a little rubbing to the edges. Top edge of the text block a little age-tanned and spotted.
First in this edition. [First published as Sans Peur in 1946 by Eneas Mackay, Stirling] .Includes: Plans of battle; Black & white photographs; Maps; Roll of honour; Appendix;
From the cover: “Battalion is one of the classic accounts of the Second World War. It is the tale of the 5th Seaforth Highlanders, one of the nine infantry battalions in the celebrated 51st Highland Division. It begins before the Battle of El Alamein and moves across the desert, through Sicily and northern Europe to the final victory in Germany.
A WW2 infantry battalion had about nine hundred men, nearly all of them civilians in uniform, and their battalion was their home. Everyone knew everyone else. Generals might think in terms of divisions or brigades but an infantryman’s war was fought in battalions. The 5th Seaforths covered 3000 miles and fought two dozen actions. They were in key positions at El Alamein and other desert battles. They took part in the conquest of Sicily. They landed in Normandy on D-Day+2 and fought a number of important actions in France. Then came a series of canal crossings in South-West Holland, the Ardennes counter-offensive and the costly advance through the Reichswald to turn the Siegfried Line. Finally, after crossing the Rhine, they fought a series of vicious battles on German soil.
The book is notable for the sheer amount of frontline action described. It is a tale of the courage and application to duty of men faced with the awesome tasks of war that reflects the experiences of many soldiers in Allied infantry battalions. Alternatively dramatic, humorous, moving and grave, it provides a thought-provoking testament to the efforts of young men asked by their country to face a supreme challenge. This is not just a book for those interested in military matters — it should be read by all.”