Blowing Our Bridges: A Memoir from Dunkirk to Korea Via Normandy - Tony YoungerBarnsley: Pen & Sword Military, 2004, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped.
Includes: Black & white photographs; Maps;
From the cover: “Some men are born to survive but there can be few who have been through what Major General Tony Younger has. As a junior Sapper officer, after delaying the Germans’ devastating advance through Belgium and Northern France in May 1940, he somehow managed to escape back to England. In 1944 by now commanding an assault squadron clearing the Normandy beaches in front of a Canadian brigade, he landed at H-hour on D-Day. Wounded, he soon returned and was in near constant action, including the amphibious assault across the Rhine, until the end of the war.
Fortunate to emerge relatively unscathed from these experiences, five years later he found himself in an even more dangerous predicament. Given the intensity of the action and harshness of the conditions, it is surprising that so little has been written about the Korean War. For the first and, hopefully, the last time British and Commonwealth troops were up against a massed Communist enemy, to whom loss of human life meant nothing. Despite a presentiment that he would never see his family again, he cheated fate by the narrowest of margins.
Blowing Our Bridges transports the reader back to these dangerous and dramatic times and provides a vivid account of the author’s experiences. These include his involvement in the wartime anthrax experiment that still renders the remote island of Gruinard uninhabitable. This is a memoir which not only makes exciting reading but is highly instructive, thanks to General Younger’s thoughtful conclusions.”