The Quiet Gunner At War (Kindle)
El Alamein to the Rhine with the Scottish Divisions
The Quiet Gunner at War is a delightfully fresh and well written account of war at the sharp end of North Africa, Sicily and North West Europe.
In 1939 the Author was already a professional soldier stationed in India. After the Dunkirk disaster he was recalled and initially involved in training recruits at Plymouth before going north to help re-form the 51st Highland Division Gunners.
With his regiment he travelled by sea to Egypt and thereafter it was all intense action as part of Monty’s Eighth Army at El Alamein and the long gruelling advance to Tripoli. HUSKY, the invasion of Sicily, followed and Gorle describes the horrors of war in the mountains and towns, with the locals almost oblivious to the momentous events unfolding around them.
After attending Staff College, Gorle rejoined the fray in North West Europe. His new Regiment, part of 15th Lowland Division, fought through Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany, alternately receiving thanks and welcome from those liberated and fierce and deadly resistance from the retreating Germans. As well as describing his own immediate world, he perceptively analyses the wider war situation.
In the best traditions of fighting men’s memoirs, the Author writes with modesty (he was awarded the Military Cross and was Mentioned-in-Despatches) and humility, and the dangers that he and his comrades-in-arms faced are consistently understated. At the same time The Quiet Gunner at War sums up the elation of victory, the closeness of comradeship and the desperate sadness of losses.
A Chiswick man has published an account of his father's wartime experiences including details of hin involvement at the Battle of El Alamin.Chiswick W4
Let those who come after see to it that their names be not forgotten.Irish War Memorials
A new book, and an excellent one! Richmond Gorle, M.C., R.A. fought through North Africa and Sicily, and then in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany, with 128 and 181 Field Regiments, R.A. He died in 1971, having written the manuscript for his family in 1958, and it has been edited by his son, Peter. It's published by Pen and Sword.ww2talk.com
The Quiet Gunner at War is a delightfully fresh well written account of War at the sharp end of Africa, Sicily and North West Europe. In a world where the ability to talk is more highly prized than ever, The Quiet Gunner is a reminder that the ability to do what needs to be done is so much more important. Richmond Gorle was one such man, quiet and unassuming but incredibly dedicated and courageous. He describes the horrors of war and the bravery of himself and his comrades with the same humility and modesty he showed as a soldier and it is this which makes his moving and honest account so special.DEKHO, Burma Star Association Magazine
A brand new book charting one man's experiences during World War Two features the authors experiences in and around Inverurie in the early years of the conflict.Inverurie Herald
A really fine memoir, 10/10The Great War Magazine
What really sets this book apart is the detailed description of the mundane detail of war; his accounts of the courage of fellow soldiers and some of the stark realities of modern warfare make this an engaging and at times humbling read.Scottish Field
A fresh well written take on war at the sharp end of North Africa.Military History Monthly
Richmond Gorle writes with modesty and humility, and the dangers that he and his comrades-in-arms faced are consitently understated.Britain at War