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 An Infantryman's War   Alexander G. Waddell


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1937 –  1946

An Infantryman's War : 1937 – 1946
by Alexander G Waddell

UK price: £9.99     US price: $11.95
Format: Paperback
Size : 6 x 9
Pages: 100
ISBN: 0-595-36244-3
Published: Jul-2005 

This is a really a remarkable book about World War 2. So many battlegrounds—first in the Shetlands (a preparation rather than a battle), then the desert in North Africa, then D-Day itself into France, and finally Norway! As a first-hand account by someone directly involved in these battles, especially the D-day invasion, this work is a very valuable record of history.

Book Description
Alexander Waddell is my brother. He is fifteen months younger than me, but he soon surpassed me in size, strength, and mechanical ingenuity. He was good with his hands as well as his head, far outclassing me in his ability to make things work. This was to stand him in good stead throughout his army career.

In 1937, with Hitler threatening the peace of Europe, he enrolled in the Territorial Army, along with about thirty others from the Perthshire town of Auchterarder. This book describes his experiences from the day he joined until the day he was demobbed. His was no easy war. The Black Watch is a famous fighting regiment, and saw plenty of action, in Africa, in France, and in Norway. He saw die beside him comrades whom he had known since childhood.

His book is no glorification of war. It is a realistic depiction of life in the infantry, as seen by an ordinary, and extraordinary, soldier.
—John Waddell

About the author

Alexander Waddell was born in Auchterarder , Scotland , in 1921 and served in the British Army from 1937 until he was demobbed in 1946.  He emigrated to New Zealand with his wife in 1953 and currently lives in Wanganui , New Zealand .

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Book by John Waddell (brother of A.G. Waddell):

Halesome Farin' :            
(Wholesome Fare)
by John Waddell 

UK price: £8.85     US price: $15.95
Format: Paperback
Size : 6 x 9
Pages: 166
ISBN: 0-595-33011-8
Published: Sep-2004

This is the third book of poems by John Waddell, following the publication of his first very successful collection, The Flying Snail and his second book, A Glimpse of Eden. This time all the poems are written in the beautiful, rich, and descriptive Scots language familiar to all brought up north of the border.