Fast Forward to Fondouk, by Len Turner

Fast Forward to Fondouk, by Len Turner

Published by the Queens Royal Lancers Old Comrades Association in 2002, 28 pages. A5 size booklet (SBK1WSO)

In this booklet the author records some of his memories and experiences serving in the Queens Royal Lancers during the Second World War, where he saw action in North Africa at Kasserine and Fondouk, and later in Italy.

From the introduction: I first met Len Turner in the bar of the Park House Hotel, Blackpool after the North West Branch Annual Reunion Dinner in April 2002. He had enchanted my wife and captivated me with his humility, charm and memories of his time with the Regiment during World War II. Listening to his recollections I told him that it would be a tragedy if these images were ever to be lost. I suggested that he commit them to paper, and was delighted when he agreed to do so. Len produced over fifty pages of handwritten notes. With his permission I have edited these to produce this small booklet. I believe Len has captured the reality of war for a young trooper serving with the Regiment at this time in its history. It would be wonderful if this story spurs on other Old Comrades to commit their memories to paper. For some this may be painful, however we that serve can learn much from those who have served; we are an eager audience. To this end I have numbered this booklet 01, in the hope that many more will follow.

The condition of the booklet is generally ok. The cover has several scuffs and blemishes, an area of fading on the front where a stcker has been removed, and further creasing and wear along the edges and corners, but the staple spine is intact and all pages are intact, unblemished and bound.