We Were Brothers In Arms
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Why I wrote this book
The 1st Battalion returned from Afghanistan at the end of October 2012 after a gruelling but highly successful operational tour. Sadly, 5 Grenadiers were killed in action and there were 46 battle casualties, of which 11 were amputees. Such a grim toll shows only too clearly that the task of helping our Grenadiers is sadly only just beginning and we will need to continue to raise funds into the future.
I myself was blown up on a mine and lucky to have got away with minor injuries. On the same day a friend was also blown up by a mine and it took his legs off. He bled to death. 'There by the grace of God go I'.
‘We Were Brothers In Arms’ is for the charities Help For Heroes and The Colonels Fund for the Grenadiers.
We Were Brothers in Arms is an attempt to understand the experience of battle during WW2 through the personal experiences of the ordinary soldier. Frank Clark has gathered together the amazing stories of British soldiers during the eleven months of frenzied warfare that followed D-Day, and combined them into this fascinating volume.
As a veteran himself (serving in WW2, Korea, Malaya, Cyprus, Northern Ireland and during the Cold War), Frank is well versed in the adrenalin of battle, and here he brings together the tales of a wide cross section of fighting men on the front line.
There are stories from the infantry, the assault troops who stormed the Normandy beaches and forced bridgeheads. The dashing reconnaissance men in their thin-skinned, tanks sending back vital radio reports; the parachutists, dropping behind enemy lines to fight, the sappers building bridges and clearing minefields under fire; the gunners, bringing down fast, furious and accurate barrages; the signallers, patching up communication links; the non-combatant stretcher-bearers, the doctors tending the wounded, the support services bringing up food and ammunition.
This book tells their story of war, and reminds us why their sacrifice should never be forgotten. We Were Brothers in Arms is a compelling account of the last months of war told through eye witness accounts, some never before published.