Published by Richard Kay in 2006, 310 pages. Paperback (N4306)
Jack Bartlett died just before he completed writing the book, and his neighbour John Benson (who had been helping him recount his extraordinary wartime experiences) finished what has become a fascinating book...
From the rear side cover: The first two chapters of this book are a brief biographical account of Jack's life to the age of eighteen - just before the Second World War broke out. The remainder of the book is more truely a biography of part of the 60th Field Regiment of the Royal Artillery. Certainly Jack is mentioned, but the narrative is not about him, nor even much about the battery in which he served as about the overall picture of 'The Lincolnshire Gunner', most of whom came from the Lincoln and Grimsby areas.
The book describes, and in many instances explains, the far flung activities of one unit of the British Army. Although the two batteries of the Lincolnshire Gunners were gunners - artillery - they became Chindit infantry in Burma and probably no unit in the British Army (nor indeed any other army) fought in so many theatres of war. From the early days in France and Belgium; the retreat from Dunkirk: the South Coast of England where no battles took place but where invasion was expected daily for many months; North Africa; Iraq and the capture of Baghdad; Syria, and back to North Africa and Rommels Panzers; and then to India and Burma...
The condition of the book is generally very good. The covers are clean and bright, the spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is a small price sticker on the rear side cover, and the book has light 'waving' to the inside pages throughout (from where it has been stored flat on the shelves)