Monty's Highlanders - Patrick DelaforceLondon: Chancellor Press, 2000, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the top edge of the dust wrapper.
Includes: Plans of battle; Black & white photographs; Maps;
From the cover: “The 51 st Highland Division was the most famous infantry division that fought with the British Army in WW2. Of them FM Montgomery spoke: Of the many fine divisions that served under me in the Second World War, none were finer than the Highland Division. It was the only infantry division in the armies of the British Empire that accompanied me during the whole of the long march from Alamein to Berlin.
The reason is clear: after the 1940 disaster at St Valery, the re-formed 51 st were a superlative division, brilliantly inspired and led. The Highway Decorators (after their famous HD cypher) fought with consummate success through North Africa and Tunisia and from Normandy into the heart of Germany. Blooded at Alamein — where they suffered over 2000 casualties — they pursued the Afrika Korps via Tripoli and Tunis fighting fierce battles at Horns, Medenine, Mareth line, Wadi Akarit and Enfidaville. They lost 1500 helping to liberate Sicily and there they parted from their beloved ‘Lang Tam’, Maj Gen D.N. Wimberley, who had trained and led them so well for so long. Back to the UK for the second front, the Highlanders battled their way through Normandy bocage, break out to the Seine, triumphal re-occupation of St Valery, taking of Le Havre, through Holland then the Ardennes and the Reichswald and were the first troops to cross the Rhine, fighting on to Bremen and Bremerhaven. In the eleven months fighting in NW Europe the Highlanders suffered more than 9000 casualties.”