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The Recollections of Rifleman Bowlby: Italy, 1944 - BOWLBY, Alex

Leo Cooper, 1989, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Very Good+ - in Very Good+ DJ. Price Clipped. Pages gently tanned.

This is a book about the infantrymen of the Second World War, the men who made the numbers up. 'All soldiers run away,' remarked the Duke of Wellington. 'It does not matter as long as their supports stand firm.' Rifleman Bowlby's account of life in an infantry platoon in Italy, 1944 is equally realistic. The battalion in which he served had been renowned throughout the Eighth Army, but after the North African campaign was over the luck that had gone along with its fighting record left it. Stripped of its hard core of regulars, the battalion was sent to Italy and used as heavy infantry instead of the specialized role for which it had been trained. It lost its first battle. It lost its second. In neither case did the battalion put up the fight expected of it. A reputation that had taken three years to build fell to bits in a few weeks. The battalion's struggle to regain that reputation ended on the jagged teeth of the Gothic Line 232pp. Size: 8vo Demy (8½" x 5½")
ISBN: 0850521386

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