1st Edition HB 2002
Hardback with dustjacket. First published in Holland in 2002 by "R N Sigmond Publishing".
Printed by "Veenman Drukkers". Written by Alexander Junier & Bart Smulders & Jaap Korsloot.
This is the story of a Regular Battalion that in September 1939 was stationed in India
before returning to the UK in July 1940. In 1941 they were selected to convert to an
Airlanding unit in the newly-forming 1st Airlanding Brigade and started a short association
with gliders. Sent to North Africa in early 1943 they took part in the invasion of Sicily
by air in July 1943 and suffered heavy casualties. They later took part in the invasion
of Italy in September 1943 and the subsequent fighting there before returning to the UK
in early 1944. Kicking their heels in the UK they watched their comrades in the 6th
Airborne Division take part in the invasion of Normandy in June 1944 and were frustrated
by numerous cancelled airborne operations. Then in September 1944 along came an ambitious
airborne operation called Market Garden for the invasion of Holland. Landing in Holland they
were to undergo a week of savage street fighting in Arnhem and Oosterbeek.
They won two of the five Victoria Crosses awarded during the fighting. The authors have spent
many years researching the role of the 2nd South Staffords in the 1st Airlanding Brigade
and have numerous personal accounts which portray a realistic picture of the
fighting in Sicily, Italy and Holland. These coupled with official reports provide
the first-ever account of this fighting battalion