The Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry 1939-1945 - E. G. Godfrey in collaboration with R. F. K. GoldsmithUpton-upon-Severn: Images Publishing, 1994, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Heavily faded at the spine. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Top edge of the text block tanned. Text complete, clean and tight.
Includes: Battle honours; Plans of battle; Ribbon markers (1); Maps; Roll of honour; Glossary;
From the cover: “The Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry had a long and distinguished record of achievement dating back to the early eighteenth century. This book records the dramatic finale to the regiment’s active service — the Second World War — when its battalions fought bravely throughout some of the bloodiest campaigns.
The 1st Battalion was in India at the outset, from where they were initially deployed to Iraq. When Rommel broke through in North Africa, near Tobruk, they drove 2,000 miles across the desert to join battle with the enemy. Thrown into an already chaotic situation, and ill-equipped to deal with tanks, the Battalion fought until virtually destroyed. Only some two dozen men made their escape. The 2nd Battalion went to France with the Expeditionary Force. They returned by way of Dunkirk, a beaten but still proud and disciplined unit. They defended the beaches and subsequently trained hard to prepare themselves to fight the German army again. They were eventually rewarded with action in abundance in North Africa, Italy and Greece. The 5th (Territorial) Battalion waited and trained for five long years before seeing action, and then covered themselves and the name of the Regiment with glory during the invasion of North West Europe and the advance into Germany. And finally that stalwart band of men who are so often overlooked, the 30th Battalion, who, working as pioneers, carried out the vital work which ensured the success of the fighting troops.
1959 saw the amalgamation with the Somerset Light Infantry. This splendidly told story is a fitting tribute to the men who may be justifiably proud of their part in the Regiment’s final gallant chapter.”