“In his khaki shirt and shorts and with his curly blondhair, he looked so much like a little boy. One leg wasblown off at the knee leaving a ragged brown stump. Hewas lying on his stomach, his head resting in his armsand it was just as if in hisMore“In his khaki shirt and shorts and with his curly blondhair, he looked so much like a little boy.
One leg wasblown off at the knee leaving a ragged brown stump. Hewas lying on his stomach, his head resting in his armsand it was just as if in his agony and his loneliness hehad just turned over and died.”Excert......El Alamein. October 26th, 1942It is May 1940 and George Hopper, ex bank clerk andnow Rifleman with the Kings Royal Rifle Corps beginshis superbly illustrated diary by telling of the earlyfrustrations of military life.
In the skies above, the Battleof Britain rages as Hitler vows to destroy the BritishRoyal Air Force prior to German invasion.Eventually deployed to Egypt, George vividly recountsthe horrendous conditions in the troopships and ofMontgomery’s epic 8th Army battle with Rommel at ElAlamein.
As a stretcher bearer in the midst of the mostviolent warfare, his terrible and gruesome experiencesresulted in the nightmares that were to stay with him forthe remainder of his life.Journeying though Syria, Lebanon, Palestine and Israelthe regiment finally depart from Alexandria in Egypt totake part in the invasion of Italy.
Here he recounts thebitter fighting that took place in the wintery andmountainous areas around the infamous Monastery atCassino, as the Nazis with backs against the wall, maketheir last stand. Victory finally comes, but at anappalling cost in Allied lives.Ultimately deployed to the Military Mission to Greece,George experienced and writes of the intense andtreacherous civil warfare that took place after the Nazisdeparted as the Communists tried to take over Greecefrom the British supported Nationalists. This was thebeginning of the lengthy and disastrous Greek Civil Warand led to what eventually became known as the “ColdWar” with Russia.Masterfully written and illustrated, this is an epic storyof one man thrown into the battlefields of Egypt, Italyand Greece.
From the Battle of Britain to El Alamein, tothe invasion of Italy and the Greek Civil War, this is anhistoric account, both gripping and compassionate, of aworld at war.