Tracks in Europe - C J BoardmanSalford: City Press Services, 1990, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.
Signed by the author, without dedication, on the title page — without provenance. Includes: Black & white photographs; Maps; Roll of honour;
From the cover: “The 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards came into being in 1922 when as victims of the cut-backs in the army, the 5th(PCW) Dragoons were amalgamated with the 6th Inniskilling Dragoons, thus uniting the traditions, Standards and Battle Honours of two famous cavalry regiments. Among the most-noteworthy in history have been Field Marshal the Viscount, Lieutenant Colonel Robert Powell, founder of the Boy Scout movement, and Captain Laurence Gates who died with Scott’s ill-fated South Polar expedition.
Those serving in the regiment in 1939 had been set high standards. They not only maintained them but added many new honours.
Jim Boardman joined the 10th Royal Hussars in March 1939 as a boy soldier and intended to transfer to his father’s old regiment, the 11th Hussars, then serving in Palestine but the outbreak of war prevented that move. Aged 15 he was posted to a training regiment to undergo crewman training. In 1942 when aged 17 and eligible for posting to a service regiment, his old regiment was in the Middle East and the minimum age to serve overseas was 18. He was posted to the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards.
He first experienced front line service as a member of the Reconnaissance Squadron during the break out from the Normandy bridgehead.
In post war years he served in Korea and on the Suez Canal. Was promoted to Regimental Sergeant Major in 1961 and commissioned to serve with the Army Air Corps in 1963 where he saw further service in Cyprus and Northern Ireland before retiring in 1970. In 1973 he was appointed Secretary to the Regimental Association. During the last eventful fifteen years he heard many stories and read many personal reports written about the Second World War. It was these accounts which motivated him to write this book.”