Fighting Hitler from Dunkirk to D-Day

The Story of Die Hard Jeff Haward
Product Number: EB00755567
Released: Mar 08, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781473855274
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books
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Description

"From the Battle of France through to the German unconditional surrender . . . A very welcome addition to the available direct accounts of WWII" (Firetrench). Fighting Hitler from Dunkirk to D-Day is the compelling story of a man belonging to a group of which there are now very few survivors. Jeff Haward MM was a pre-war Territorial Army soldier who enlisted and fought throughout the entirety of the Second World War. He became a "Die Hard," the historic name given to men of the famous Middlesex Regiment. He joined the 1/7th Battalion, equipped with the British Army's iconic Vickers medium machine gun. Following evacuation from Dunkirk, the 1/7th, while refitting and re-equipping, carried out coastal defense duties in preparation for the German invasion. In 1941, they were attached to the famous 51st Highland Division. The less than enthusiastic welcome from the Jocks gradually evolved into respect following the Middlesex's performance at El Alamein and the subsequent campaigns in North Africa, Sicily, Normandy and northwest Europe. After the Reichswald battle in March 1945, Jeff was surprised to hear that he had been awarded the Military Medal for bravery and was subsequently awarded the ribbon by none other than Field Marshal Sir Bernard Montgomery. Jeff Haward's experiences, those of a normal soldier, make fascinating reading and throw new light on the use of such Vickers gun battalions during the war. "Lets the reader inside the mind of a solider who was present at the forefront of several pivotal events, which without doubt shaped the successful outcome of the Second World War." -World War Two

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Author(s): Jeff Haward, Neil Barber
Original Publish Date: Apr 30, 2015

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