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The Recollections of Rifleman Bowlby: Italy, 1944 (Famous regiments)


The Recollections of Rifleman Bowlby: Italy, 1944 (Famous regiments)

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    Alex Bowlby(Author) John Keegan(Introduction)
Rifleman Bowlby's battalion belonged to a famous regiment which developed into a crack motorised unit in the Western Desert during World War II. This book tells the candid story of the battalion's subsequent disintegration under conditions of extreme stress, horror and confusion.

'One of the great Second World War memoirs ... will be read as long as that war is remembered' - John Keegan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • By JPB on 27 April 2016

    A decent read but I struggled to get a real sense of what combat was like in Italy. A good insight into what the ordinary soldier thought about and talked about, including desertion, at the time. Very sweary so maybe not suitable for younger people.

  • By Alastair Mcclelland on 13 June 2017

    Read this as a kid, shortly after it was published. I had forgotten how funny it is in parts. I really enjoyed it, typical British army story, happy and sad.

  • By Richard Shepherd on 19 January 2003

    As John Keegan said, "a great memoir" with extraordinarily vivid writing, bringing to life the stress, horror and anxiety of war. This book lifts the lid on the private soldier's perceptions of his comrades and leaders and should be read by anyone who aspires to leadership in whatever capacity. Alec Bowden's struggle with his fears and temptations provide a fascinating insight into human nature, his leaders influence on his spirit a great lesson.

  • By dazzer252 on 16 August 2010

    I brought this book as I enjoy reading personal accounts from WWII. I found this book excellent and it gives a very good account of the troubles faced by an infrantry soldier in Italy during WWII. I am surprised the book doesn't have more reviews and would recommend it to all!

  • By Micheal O'Connell on 13 January 2015

    With the possible exception of Eugene Sledge's With the Old Breed, this is my favourite of all the Second World War memoirs. Bowlby writes with honesty and candour about the experiences of a raw soldier in the Italian campaign, the confusion, miscommunication, abject terror, and things going wrong. Also the great camaraderie and wit of the other ranks in a cockney regiment. Bowlby is a soldier but also a man that those of us who never saw war can identify with. Read this!

  • By Dermie X on 17 June 2013

    You know what it's like, everyone tells you that book X is brilliant and you ought to read it but you think it's going to turn out like that Dan Brown novel you found stuck to your shoe, so you don't bother. That's what I did with Rifleman Bowlby. I was wrong. It's great.

  • By Gazza on 8 July 2016

    Great book

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