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By Charlie Martin, Roy Whitsed

ISBN-10: 155002213X

ISBN-13: 9781550022131

ISBN-10: 1554880920

ISBN-13: 9781554880928

He was once one of many first at the seashore on 6 June 1994 - D-Day. Charlie Martin and individuals of the Queen's personal Rifles raced from their touchdown craft, dodging, capturing, tearing around the sand in the direction of the French village of Bernieres-sur-Mer. They made that target, even though the losses have been heavy. it is a rifleman's tale, at the flooring and on the element, less than fireplace, in minefields, in trenches, in dust. The shrinking band of D-Day originals gratefully approved reinforcements as they battled throughout France, took the Channel ports, slogged during the soggy fields, and dikes of the Scheldt and Holland, and at last crossed the Rhine. They confronted Hitler formative years devices, SS regiments, and hugely informed paratroops. None surrendered simply. Charlie's memoir is a outstanding portrayal of ways the men of the Queen's personal turned males and the way the lads turned veterans. that they had to profit quick on the 'point' or they have been long gone.

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Early in the afternoon, the Queen's Own Rifles captured Anguerny with C and B companies. D Company advanced at the same time to take the village of Anisy. This put D Company a good half mile forward of our position. C Company, then, was given the job of patrolling back and forth between the two points for all of that first night. A Company held the right flank and B Company the left. The rest of the battalion was in the centre of town. In this way we had all-around defence. The Queen's Own Rifles had succeeded in advancing to its D-Day objective almost seven miles inland.

There were none of the usual aerial photographs. There was no opportunity to send out patrols. It made no sense, so the whole idea of this action seemed suspect. At any rate, on June 10 the battle line moved to Neuf Mer and eventually to Norrey-enBessin. We were assigned the high ground around Cheux as our objective. D Company moved up on the right flank and A Company on the left to the start area facing Le Mesnil-Patry at about 13:00 hours to be ready to move out at 14:00 hours. There was a fair amount of confusion, which did nothing to reassure any of us.

Nonetheless, our action caused the SS that night to order a withdrawal. When Bill, Shep and I had moved through the village the next day, we found nothing of the enemy. Not a single vehicle, not a single enemy soldier alive or dead. But sadly we could identify plenty of our own from the QOR and the 1st Hussars who had paid the price the day before. During our approach to the village on that June 12 patrol we came across Tommy McLaughlin* and his section. We'd been crossing through a grain field, following a little dip in the ground not knowing where the enemy was or how soon we were going to hear from them.

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