Assault Division: A History of the 3rd Division from the Invasion of Normandy to the Surrender of Germany - Norman ScarfeStaplehurst: Spellmount, 2004, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.
Includes: Black & white photographs; Maps; Tables; Roll of honour; Glossary; Appendices (3);
From the cover: “This is the story of a British Infantry Division from D-Day to VE-Day, written by a young artillery officer who established his guns on Sword Beach early that morning in June 1944 and who was still serving with them when they ceased fire at Bremen almost a year later.
The 3rd British Infantry Division, augmented by Commando units, by squadrons of swimming amphibious tanks and other unconventionally equipped armour, its own artillery mounted on the tracks of converted Shermans, begins its assault landings on Sword Beach with amazing punctuality at H-Hour, 07.25, on D-Day, 6 June 1944. The proud members of the leading infantry brigade, 8 Brigade, were the 1st Battalion The Suffolk Regiment, the 2nd Battalion The East Yorkshire Regiment and the 1st Battalion The South Lancashire Regiment. The author’s regiment landed in support of 8 Brigade: he remembers the cheerful sight of the Suffolks’ carrier platoon coming ashore on his gun-position on Sword Beach. He counts himself very fortunate to have seen the 3rd Division’s campaign unfold in Normandy on D-Day and conclude at Bremen on VE-Day.
Reviewers have welcomed this book as both a human document of first importance and a faithfully accurate military record, written soon after the events took place and not reliant on second-hand sources. The author went on to read history at Oxford and then to teach it at Leicester University, before retiring to his native Suffolk, about which he has written several books and edited many more.
He is naturally proud to see his record of the Assault Division’s indispensable contribution to D-Day republished in the 60th anniversary of that sequel to Agincourt; he is equally glad to remind readers of some desperate battles, mostly now forgotten, such as those for the villages of Venraij and Overloon, and where, in Overloon, the Netherlands have chosen to establish their National War and Resistance Museum.
This is a true classic of military writing and a book of major importance.”