Fighting Through To Hitler's Germany is my first book which was published in May 2020 by Pen & Sword.
It tells the story of the 1st Battalion, the Suffolk Regiment, and their part in the North West Europe campaign of 1944-45. It draws heavily on the accounts of those who were there.
From D-Day to VE-Day, the 1st Battalion fought across Europe, suffering heavy losses, but it often succeeding where others had failed and on more than one occasion, its actions helped turn the tide of battle. They were always fighting when the reporters came calling, and so their legacy in the press of the time was minimal.
I have spent over twenty years closely associated with the Suffolk Regiment Old Comrades Association, and in particular, the veterans of the NW Europe campaign. It was their self-effacing modesty to continually downplay their part in the campaign, that convinced me that they deserved to have their story told.
Over five years in its preparation, the book contains the personal accounts and testimonies of over one hundred veterans of the Battalion. Accompanied by detailed maps and many previously unpublished photographs, it is the first detailed volume to be written on their part in the campaign since 1994.
You can read more about the men, the Battalion and their campaign by clicking on the photographs below. If you would like to purchase a copy of the book, please click on the link below which will take you direct to Pen & Sword's website.