Battles of a Gunner Officer, Tunisia, Scilily, Normandy and the Long Road to Germany

B1998

This is an excellent account from a fresh perspective that will be memorable for the reader. It is impressive that new views and insights are still emerging from a war that is now almost seventy years from its ending. In this case the material on which the book has been written appears to have been specifically produced by Major Petit for his family to read and we should be grateful that the current owner of the material has been prepared to present it for publication and then share the insights with the reader.

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NAME: Battles of a Gunner Officer, Tunisia, Scilily, Normandy and the Long Road to Germany
CATEGORY: Book Reviews
DATE: 200814
FILE: R1998
AUTHOR: John Philip Jones
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: hard back
PAGES: 198
PRICE: £25.00
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: WWII, World War Two, Second World War, D-Day, amphibious assault, beach landings, landing craft, landing ships, armour, training, artillery, North Africa, Sicily, Normandy, France, Germany
ISBN: 1-78337-606-6
IMAGE: B1998.jpg
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DESCRIPTION: The author has based his book on the experiences of Major Peter Petit. By assembling the notes made by Major Petit, the author has produced an interesting account of one of the areas of battle that tends to receive less attention. Artillery has been a factor in battles for 800 years and World War Two saw the use of mobile artillery as a key support for infantry and armour. The British 25 pounder was critical to success in many a battle during WWII. It operated close to, or in, the front line and it provided a flexible field weapon that could move and keep up with armour in the fast moving battles of North Africa and then into Europe.

Major Petit was a Territorial officer who penned thoughts and events almost every day, providing immediate, vivid and lucid accounts whilst memory and feelings were fresh. The result is a fine and detailed account of his war through Tunisia, Sicily and Normandy with the sweep across north-west Europe to victory.

The author/editor has presented the material in a sensitive and concise manner without losing any of the essential detail, and supported the text with a photo plate section that contains unique images from Major Petits personal collection.

This is an excellent account from a fresh perspective that will be memorable for the reader. It is impressive that new views and insights are still emerging from a war that is now almost seventy years from its ending. In this case the material on which the book has been written appears to have been specifically produced by Major Petit for his family to read and we should be grateful that the current owner of the material has been prepared to present it for publication and then share the insights with the reader.

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