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Sheldrake (Hardback)

Memories of a Second World War Gunner

WWII Military Biography

By Major Richard Hughes
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 167
ISBN: 9781473868601
Published: 5th September 2016

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Richard Hughes was an artillery officer with the British Army in World War II. He was sent to Europe twice. The first assignment in 1940 was short lived, as he joined the hopelessly ill equipped and overwhelmed Allied forces in France. The superior German army pushed them back to the English Channel at Dunkirk, and Hughes was one of some 300,000 troops miraculously rescued from the beach by a flotilla of small boats.

In 1944 he returned to France as apart of the Allied invasion, this time as a Major commanding a battery of field guns. The contrast is apparent. Now they were a well equipped, superbly trained and coldly efficient force. With his field battery and associated infantry battalion, Hughes fought numerous battles right through Europe to reach Hamburg, at the final surrender of Germany in May, 1945.

In Sheldrake, Richard Hughes recalls many fascinating memories in his personal account of those traumatic years.

As featured on Recollections of WWII.

Recollections of WWII, Matthew Smaldon

This is effectively the diary of Major Richard Hughes, his memories of his time in the Royal Artillery during WWII...

The book is illustrated with a good selection of his personal wartime photos, his own command half-track and wearing the Pixie Suit for his uniform as well. I found it an interesting read, and one I couldn't put down. Very much a personal account which brings some extra life to the experience of someone who lived through it all.

Read the full review here.

Military Modelling, Robin Buckland

About Major Richard Hughes

Richard Hughes was an artillery officer with the British Army in the Second World War. He was sent to Europe twice. The first assignment in 1940 was short lived, as he joined the hopelessly ill-equipped and overwhelmed Allied forces in France.
The superior German army pushed them back to the English Channel at Dunkirk, and Hughes was one of some 300,000 troops rescued from the beach.

In 1944, he returned to France as a part of the Allied invasion, this time as a major commanding a battery of field guns. The contrast is apparent. Now they were a well-equipped, superbly trained and coldly efficient force. With his field battery and associated infantry battalion, Hughes fought numerous battles right through Europe to reach Hamburg at the final surrender of Germany in May 1945.

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