World War II - My Teenage Years, by John MacKenzie

World War II - My Teenage Years, by John MacKenzie
Published by the Banstead History Research Group in 2016, 50 pages. Paperback (N7371)

John MacKenzie was thirteen when Hitler's Panzers invaded Poland in September 1939 and France and Great Britain declared war on Germany. He was nineteen in May 1945 when he marched with the Gordon Highlanders of the 51st Highland Division in Bremerhaven, Northern Germany to celebrate victory in Europe. The first 8 pages of this booklet record John's early teenage years in Glasgow, where he remembers the many air raids, and the remainder of the booklet is taken up with his time in the British Army. The booklet is illustrated throughout with several photographs and maps, and sections include:

Declaration of War
The Blitzkrieg in Europe
Air Raids Start
The Clydeside Blitz
War in North Africa and the Far East
Death in the Family
Following My Ambitions
Infantry Battle Training
Embarkation and disaster on HM LST 415
Onwards through the Rhineland
The Battle for Goch
Crossing the Rhine
Operation "Plunder"
Loss of Platoon Leaders
A Failed "Final Assault"
Action at Wildeshausen
Coming to the End
The German Surrender
Peace in Europe
Parade in Bremerhaven
The Aftermath

Condition of the booklet 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.