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By glider to Arnhem with the 7th King's Own Scottish Borderers. "Diary of a Red Devil" relates the war time experiences of a young man, Albert Blockwell from the north-east of England, who in 1940 was posted to a pre-war Territorial unit - The 7th King's Own Scottish Borderers, then a home defence unit based near London. Blockwell remained with this unit for all his wartime service, later going to the Shetland Islands when the 7th KOSB were part of OSDEF (Orkney and Shetlands Defence Force). Then in late 1943 the unit was posted to Lincolnshire to become the third infantry unit in the 1st Airlanding Brigade then in the process of returning from Italy with the rest of the 1st Airborne Division. Swapping their glengarries for red berets Albert and his comrades had to adapt to their new way of getting to war by glider. The diary continues with a down-to-earth account of the highs and lows of the next few months. Then in September 1944 Albert flew to The Netherlands on Operation Market-Garden and his account (written in prisoner-of-war camp) describes the savage nine days fighting at Arnhem from the slit trench level. Taken prisoner on the last day his account then describes the Spartan life in prisoner-of-war camp without pulling any punches.
  • AUTHOR: Blockwell, A
  • FORMAT: 208pp 70 Bw 230x145 Pb
  • Code: 24072

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