Wall of Steel: The History of the 9th (Londonderry) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery (Supplementary Reserve) - Richard DohertyLimavady: North-West Books, 1988, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with the price clipped.
Includes: Black & white photographs; Maps; Frontispiece; Appendices (6);
From the cover: “In early 1939, when it was recognised that war was coming to Europe, recruiting of volunteers began for a new unit being formed in Northern Ireland. This was the 9th (Londonderry) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery (Supplementary Reserve), whose members served overseas for most of the Second World War. They were notable both for their high degree of skill and courage and for their enduring characteristics as an Irish unit.
Here is an enthralling account of the Regiment during and since the years of war. Richard Doherty has brought to its preparation both an enthusiasm for his subject and the meticulous care for detail that does not let this enthusiasm dispense with long and careful research. In the book is a careful recording of military movements, achievements and tragedies; to this are joined recollections (with photographs and facsimiles) of the informalities and crack which helped to hold the Regiment together and so to lead it to set and maintain its own high standards.
The book surely shows that the role of anti-aircraft gunners is no less important in war than that of other soldiers, of sailors and of airmen — about whom more books have probably been written. Wall of Steel helps to restore a right sense of proportion! This very name was given to the Regiment’s defence barrage by German airmen who had learned that they had every reason not to under-value the Derry Boys !”