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Fighting with the Commandos (ePub)

The Recollections of Stan Scott No3 Commando

Military WWII > Battles & Campaigns > D-Day & Normandy

By Stan Scott, Edited by Neil Barber
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
File Size: 5.2 MB (.epub)
Pages: 192
Illustrations: 32 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781844685721
Published: 17th April 2008


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Fighting With The Commandos tells what the Second World War was like for a fighting soldier. After enlisting under-age, he was 'found out', joined the Home Guard and then a Young Soldiers Unit (for those too young to serve overseas). He managed to get out to Iraq but was again sent home. He then joined 3 Commando led by Brigadier Peter Young and landed on SWORD Beach on D-Day. He graphically describes the action thereafter which included being among the first to reach Pegasus Bridge and relieve the glider borne troops under Major John Howard. Plenty of excitement and danger were to follow and readers will revel in a no-holds-barred memoir which points an illuminating picture of life for the rank-and-file in the build-up to the climax of the war.

Reviewed by

Rob Barlett

A superb and very down to earth account of a private soldier who joined the Commandos in late 1943, and participated in all the subsequent actions of No.3 Commando, from D-Day and the months of hard fighting in Normandy alongside the 6th Airborne Division, to their entry into Germany in March 1945. Scott also dwells on life outside the Commandos, including his partially successful but ultimately frustrated attempt to join the Army despite being well under the legal age, and his brief post-war service with the Military Police before demobilisation. It is a very involving story which describes the lot of the ordinary infantryman and the terrifying, humorous and bizarre situations which are thrown his way. Above all else this is a brilliant account of one man's Normandy campaign, and it will occupy a proud place in the library of Commando memoirs.

Pegasus Archive

...a no-holds-barred memoir...

Britain at War

It is a thrilling and inspiring fighting man's memoir with no holds barred.

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