A Pilgrimage of Remembrance: An Anthology of the History of a Scots Guard Company in the Italian Campaign 1944-455 Also Incorporating Passages from the Diary of Major Richard Coke - Michael CurtisWinchester: Michael Curtis, 2004, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Signed by the author on the title page — unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium. Contains: Black & white photographs; Colour photographs; Maps; Colour frontispiece; Glossary;
From the cover: “The Italian campaign of the Second World War was a war of attrition, fought with determination by both sides, with heavy casualties and for most of the time in unpleasant weather. Each line defended by the Germans had to be attacked and defeated by the allies. Morale and training were vitally important. After the D Day invasion of Normandy, there was little positive publicity at home for what was considered by some to be a backwater. It was for the most part a dull, dreary and miserable campaign.
Mike Curtis has focused upon one infantry company, albeit a rather special one. Basing his account on letters home, and having visited all the relevant battlefields, he describes how a company of Scots Guards, which his uncle trained, and later served with, fought under command of a battalion which was not its own. Taking pride in its membership of a Coldstream battalion, ‘S’ Company of the Scots Guards never lost its own identity.
There have been many good books about military campaigns written from the point of view of the commander. There are far fewer with a worm’s eye view. How did the strict discipline of the Brigade of Guards fare in battle? Could and did warrant officers and senior NCOs express their opinion about those who commanded them? What really mattered to those who time after time were ordered into a battle in which they knew the odds against survival were long? Andrew Neilson’s letters are unselfconscious, lively and full of interest. The papers are complemented by meticulous research and interviews with many of the surviving members of the company.
Members of ‘S’ Company were awarded 20 medals for gallantry, including an immediate DSO for his uncle. Mike Curtis has been able to reveal something of how this small unit achieved such success.”