I have just finished reading this book which is basically a Green Howard’s memoirs of his time during WW2.  To be honest this book captured perfectly the essence of a soldier in the infantry in the Second World War but it really wasn’t compelling to read.


Like the quote from World War One which described a soldier’s life as being, ‘months of boredom punctuated by moments of terror’ this book can best be described as having page after page of boredom interspersed by moments which vaguely interest you.  I’m not saying that the author had a boring journey through the war but it is just so repetitive when he continually talks about his train journeys, each little village he visited, what he liked to cook as his officers batsman etc.

When it did come to the battles you want to know how he felt when he first faced the enemy, the tactics employed but all we got were quotes like ‘we attacked the ridge and gave the boche a bloody nose and lost a few of our guys along the way’ so you don’t really get down and in amongst the action at all.

This book didn’t captivate me at all and I found myself skipping pages left, right and centre.  Not a great read in my opinion and I can’t really recommend it to you guys.

  1. I bet you were disappointed with the Book, do you know of any that you would say
    are interesting, that’s why many war Films are flowered up to make them interesting,
    going back to books I have read Landser True Stories, for me they are interesting with feeling

    • To be honest Ted I have read that many that actually to pick one or two out is nigh on impossible. I have however started reading… Lion Rampant: The Memoirs of an Infantry Officer from D-Day to the Rhineland. I will let you know how I get on.

  2. That’s a shame, I love a good wartime memoir. If you’re after a couple of decent accounts, recent ones I’ve read which I recommend include Ken Tout’s ‘By Tank D to VE Day’, which includes a first hand account of the fighting around Robertsmesnil where Witmann met his demise. From the German point of view, ‘For Volk and Fuhrer’ is a gripping account of fighting on the Eastern Front.

    • I have just started Lion Rampant: The Memoirs of an Infantry Officer from D-Day to the Rhineland but will be sure to pick these up once I’m done… thanks for the recommendations.

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