El Alamein to Salonika via Monte Cassino

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The Second World War diaries of Captain R.A. Alston-Roberts-West, MC


LEONARD & GUY ALSTON-ROBERTS-WEST have collaborated in creating this book as a tribute to their late father. They are respected experts in antique weapons and militaria and have collaborated previously on three books, all of which have been published by Woodfield.

HAVING TRAINED AS AN OFFICER at Sandhust in the late 1930s, the author of these diaries was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Royal Sussex Regiment in 1940. He went on to serve with distinction in North Africa, Italy and Greece, was promoted to the rank of Captain and was involved in some of the most famous military actions of World War Two, including the Battle of El Alamein and the first Battle of Monte Cassino.

Attached to 7th Battalion HQ of the 4th Indian Division, the author’s activities as a liaison officer routinely placed him in the line of fire in forward positions close to enemy lines, running the gauntlet of artillery barrages, mortar bombs and machine gun bullets as he went about his daily duties. He was lucky to survive on many occasions and lost many colleagues along the way. His actions under fire at Monte Cassino would earn him a well-deserved Military Cross.

His war diary offers a unique perspective from the front lines of both the desert war in North Africa from Alamein to the fall of Tunis and the gruelling Italian campaign from Taranto to Perugia, after which the author was posted to Salonika in Greece to experience a different kind of warfare in the tense political situation that existed there at the time. Once again, he found himself in the firing line and his observations offer a perceptive insight into the events of the civil war in Greece as they unfolded.

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