The Story of 98th Field Regiment (Surrey and Sussex Yeomanry Q.M.R.) R.A. (T.A.) and 144th Field Regiment (Surrey and Sussex Yeomanry) R.A. (T.A.): 1939-1946 - T. B. DavisDichtling: Dichtling Press, 1980, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. A little faded at the spine and onto the margins of the panels with the price clipped.
Includes: Sketches; Battle honours; Maps; Illustrated endpapers and blanks; Glossary; Frontispiece;
From the cover: “The retreat to Dunkirk, the last known cavalry charge against a British battery and the rugged fighting across the mountain slopes of Keren are some of the early events described in this book. The scene shifts to the siege of Tobruk and the Desert battles of 1941 and 1942; then on to the invasion beaches of Sicily and Italy, the mud of the Sangro, and the bomb-torn desolation of the long Cassino battles. The later chapters tell of winter warfare in the Apennines and the final months of the war in Holland and Germany. There is also a description of soldiering in Persia and Iraq (PAIFORCE), which should bring back memories to all who served in this little-reported theatre.
The Yeomanries of both Surrey and Sussex were formed in the late 18th century. But though they served independently until after the Great War, a reorganisation of the Territorial Army in 1921 meant that they entered the Second World War as two combined Field Regiments of Surrey and Sussex Yeomanry.
It is the story of these two units from 1939 to 1945 that Tom Davis recounts in this 400-page book. It is an involved tale, told with understanding and humour, which succeeds in presenting an accurate portrait of the Yeomanry in action. It gives a view of war through Yeomanry eyes, revealing their constant insistence on high standards and their firm belief in an original and individualistic approach.
John Flower’s 21 excellent maps and the illustrations by Pat Tetley and James Dodd are valuable additions to the text.”