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Alex Bowlby

Editorial: Leo Cooper, London, 1969
Condición: Fine Encuadernación de tapa dura
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THE RECOLLECTIONS OF RIFLEMAN BOWLBY Italy 1944. Alex Bowlby. Leo Cooper, London. 1969 First edition ISBN 0850520018 220pp Hardback This copy is in fine bright unmarked condition in an unclipped dust wrapper that has a little edge wear but is entire. In 1944, having distinguished itself in the North Africa campaign, Rifleman Bowlby's battalion of Green Jackets was sent to Italy. But instead of being used in the specialised role for which it had been trained, most of the battalion's vehicles were taken away on arrival, and the riflemen were told that they were to be used as ordinary infantry. Stripped of its hard core of regulars, the battalion suffered one disastrous defeat after another until its hard-won reputation fell in tatters. 'Quite extraordinary realism in this worm's eye view .The sweating, slogging, frightened infantryman in conditions of extreme stress and horror. It is a book to bring a shiver to the most grizzled veteran. As the title hints, this is a memoir by an infantryman in the 1944 Italian campaign. This is fairly low-key as war memoirs go, written by a "gentleman" who chose to remain a regular soldier because he was, among the Cockney soldiers, "accepted for what he was rather than for what he was supposed to be." Two aspects of this book made an impression: First, the everyday manner in which people die, making a profound impression on the others - not the death of one individual, but the gradual way in which this takes a toll on the participants. Secondly, the number of soldiers who desert or refuse to go into battle, and how this is dealt with by the officers, who, rather than having them automatically court martialled, will give them a rest and let the pressure from the other soldiers get them back into service. You get the impression of a book written entirely honestly, by someone who was a little too young to understand what was going on, and who aged fast. ref DD6 Size: 220pp. N° de ref. de la librería 010359

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Editorial: Leo Cooper, London

Año de publicación: 1969

Encuadernación: Hardback

Condición del libro:Fine

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Very Good

Edición: First Edition.

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