Commando Despatch Rider: With 41 Royal Marines Commando in North-West Europe 1944-1945

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Leo Cooper, 2001 - History - 234 pages
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In 1944, Ray Mitchell landed in Normandy with his unit 41 Royal Marine Commando. His role in bringing the Third Reich to its knees was that of despatch rider. Often operating alone in totally unfamiliar and hostile terrain, he and his motor bike delivered vital messages to forward units. This is a fighting soldier's account of war - warts and all and describes in vivid terms his and his fellow commandos' experiences and emotions. Over the next ten months the commandos were in the thick of the action in France, the Low Countries and Germany itself. Of particular note was the amphibious landing on the Walcheren Peninsula where the beleaguered German garrison fought fiercely to deny the Allies the vital port of Antwerp. Selling Points *A gripping and immediate personal account of war at the sharp end. *The Commandos were in the thick of the action from D-Day through to final victory. *Of particular interest to motorcycling enthusiasts as well as military historians. *Foreword by Major General Julian Thompson RM. (Commander of 3 Commando Brigade in the Falklands and distinguised historian). Author Profile Raymond Mitchell is an experienced published author and military historian. Now living near Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, he is actively involved in Royal Marine circles.

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