1st Battalion The Suffolk Regiment in Belgium and the Netherlands in 1944, by Patrick MacDonald

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1st Battalion The Suffolk Regiment in Belgium and the Netherlands in 1944, by Patrick MacDonald
Privately printed spiral bound A4 booklet, circa 1980, 30 pages. (A23KWSO)

This booklet provides an account of the 1 Suffolk during the latter stages of the Second World War. The booklet includes several maps - but please note the quality of the maps and overall printing isn't very good, as the booklet was produced and printed privately (but this in no way detracts from the fascinating contents!).

From the first inside page: The battles at Tinchebray effectively ended 1 SUFFOLK's operations in NW France. Since leaving Normandy it had suffered casualties of 14 officers and 144 others, killed or wounded, but it was quickly returned to full strength at 925 all ranks. On 10 August, Lt Col J.G.M.B. GOUGH, LINCOLNS, CO 1 SUFFOLK, was wounded by a shell which hit the Brigade Commander's Orders Group for the attack on VIRE-TINCHEBRAY. Maj F. F. E. ALLEN, OXF & BUCKS LI, who was Bn 2IC, had to take over at no notice at a very critical time. His leadership and the fine work of the Bn earned a letter of congratulation from the Brigade Commander. On 28 August L t Col R. W. CRADDOCK, DSO, MBE, BUFFS succeeded to command. By 26 August  the advancing Allies were over the Seine and the armoured thrusts north-eastwards were unleashed: Brussels was liberated by the Guards Armoured Div on 3 September - 5 years from the outbreak of the War. After 10 weeks' continuous operations, 1 SUFFOLK, with the rest of 8 Inf Bde (Brig E.E.E. CASS CBE DSO MC) and 3 Inf Div (Maj Gen L. G. (Bolo) WHISTLER CB DSO), concentrated 50 miles NW of Paris to re-train and re-fit....

The condition of the booklet is generally ok. The covers have several minor scuffs and blemishes, and light creasing and wear along the edges and corners, but the spiral binding is intact and all pages are intact and bound.