A Soldier's Struggle for Europe, 1944-45

576pp 70 ILLUS 2003 LIST PRICE: £12.99 (P) B755



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As a 24-year-old lieutenant in the King's Own Scottish Borderers, White kept an unauthorised journal of his regiment's advance through the Low Countries and into Germany in the closing months of the war in Europe. In this graphic evocation of a soldier at war, the images he records are not for the faint-hearted. There are heroes aplenty within its pages, but there are also disturbing insights into the darker sides of humanity: the men who broke under the strain and who ran away; the binge drinking which occasionally rendered the platoon unable to fight; the looting, the rape and the callous disregard for human life that happens when death is a daily companion. Hidden away for more than fifty years, this is a rare opportunity to read an authentic account of the horrors of war.