None Had Lances: The Story of the 24th Lancers - Leonard WillisOld Coulsdon: 24th Lancers Old Comrades, 1985, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. A little faded at the spine and onto the margins of the panels of the dust wrapper.
Includes: Black & white photographs; Maps; List of sources; Glossary;
From the cover: “Two cavalry regiments have been identified with the number 24. The first was the 24th Light Dragoons, reformed as the 24th Lancers which was raised in 1794 and disbanded in 1802. The second was the 27th Light Dragoons raised in 1795 subsequently renumbered as the 24th Light Dragoons and disbanded in 1819.
With the expansion of the Royal Armoured Corps in 1940, a number of old cavalry regiments were revived, one of which was the 24th Lancers having as its parents the 9th Queen’s Royal Lancers and the 17th/21st Lancers. The Regiment trained in the United Kingdom as a mechanised cavalry regiment until D-Day, 6th June 1944, and then took part in the landings on the Normandy beaches and in the build-up of the bridgehead into the German Fortress Europe. Without warning it was disbanded nine weeks later despite having fought with distinction gaining a DSO, six Military Crosses and three Military Medals.
Leonard Willis has produced an interesting and often amusing story of life in the Regiment both during training on Valentine, Crusader and Sher-man tanks and during the grimmer experiences of battle. It will bring back to the older generation memories of their own wartime days and give to their children and grandchildren an insight into army life in the nineteen forties.
Into the backcloth of the Regiment’s part in the Normandy campaign the author has woven the personal experiences of many of the participants, often throwing light on human reactions to the realities of tank warfare in the close bocage country. For many readers the most interesting chapters will be the diaries of a Troop Officer, the Medical Officer and the Padre. Unusual features include what happened to some Lancers after they left the Regiment and the illustrated citations for awards gained.”