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A Quiet Little Boy Goes To War,

by Stan Procter

This is the second and much enhanced edition produced at the request of Rite Time Publishing , the sole selling agents, published in December 2004 with all roylaties going to the welfare funds of the Royal Corps of Signals and 43rd Wessex Associations.

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A book based on extracts from the author's diary from April 1942 to May 1945. The author spent a year in London District Signals before posting to 214 Infantry Brigade which then joined the 43rd (Wessex Division). The book covers his thoughts and experiences during a long period of intensive training in Kent and Sussex. In Normandy he spent three weeks as wireless operator on Brigadier Essame's command vehicle before transferred to the 1st Worcestershires Battalion as battalion rear link to brigade headquarters. From then on with 1st Worcestershires he experienced the campaign on Hill 112, the dash to the Seine for the assault crossing followed by 214 Brigade spear-heading the dash to Arnhem with the Guards Armour Division. The winter on the German threshold, the Rhineland battles, the Siegfried line, the Reichswald, the Rhine crossing and the final weeks.

Here are some of the many comments in praise of the book:

  • "I enjoyed it so much" - Sir Dirk Bogarde
  • "Fascinating" - Serving Lt. Col.
  • "Thank you for writing it" - Descendent of John Evelyn
  • "Congratulations on your excellent and well illustrated book" - Retired Brigadier, former Chief Signals Officer - Northern Command
  • "I wanted it to go on and on" - Military book expert at Waterstones, and former public librarian.
  • "I have reached page 40 of your book and am thoroughly enjoying it" - Dr. Gordon Mitchell son of R.J. Mitchell Spitfire designer

Author's e-mail address - Stan Procter


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The Fighting Wessex Wyverns. by Patrick Delaforce, 1994. Alan Sutton, pb edn, 243pp, 35 ills, 9 maps. The 43rd Division, under the command of Maj.-General Ivor Thomas was a formidable force in Normandy and beyond. The Cornwalls, Dorsets, Hampshires, Wiltshires and Worcesters made up the Division. This book tells the story of the division's campaign in Northwest Europe in the words of the soldiers who actually fought with it.  Here are first hand accounts of the landings on the shores of Normandy, the battles for the River Odon, Hill 112, Maltot and Mont Pincon. ISBN 0-7509-0772-X.

THE 43RD WESSEX DIVISION AT WAR 1944-45. by Maj.-Gen. H. Essame, London 1952. William Clowes, 1st edn, 292pp, plates, illustrations, folded maps. Caen, Noireau, the Seine, Nijmegen, the Geilenkirchen offensive, the Roer triangle, the Rhine crossing.

Wyvern in North West Europe: Short History of the 43rd Wessex by Anonymous, 1946, Bartlett.

112th (Wessex) Field Regiment Royal Artillery TA by Douggie Goddard, Major Eric Rankin, Captain James Vigers MC. Over 200 pages of text, photographs, sketch maps and anecdotes. From South East England to North West Germany, 1938-1946. Can be obtained from Major Douglas Goddard MBE at 38 The Ridgeway, Wargrave-on-Thames, Berkshire RG10 8AS.

Assault Crossing The River Seine by Ken Ford. ISBN 0715391739

Assault on Germany - The Battle for Geilenkirchen by Ken Ford.

Hampshire Tigers; Story of the Royal Hampshire Regiment, 1945-92; Perrett, Bryan

Gloucestershire Regiment; Regimental Special; Chappell, Mike




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