1st Edition PB 2000
Paperback. First published in the UK in 2000 by "Woodfield Publishing". Printer N/K.
Written by Alec Waldron. This book, written by a Glider Pilot who served at Arnhem,
describes his military life with the Glider Pilot Regiment.
Born in Portsmouth, Alec Waldron grew up as a member of the Exclusive Plymouth Brethren,
a separatist religious sect who were committed pacifists. Alec's father had been a
"conscientious objector" in WWI, but Alec's conscience would not allow him to be a pacifist
in the face of Nazi tyranny in WWII. He enlisted and went on to join the First Battalion of
the Glider Pilot Regiment (later renamed No.2 Wing) and took part in airborne invasions
at Sicily (July 1943) and Arnhem (September 1944).
At Sicily his glider ditched in to the sea, but all his "passengers" made it to shore safely.
He was wounded, but made it back to his unit via hospital in Malta. At Arnhem, despite a
successful landing, his Regiment came under heavy fire and lost every officer and
its RSM killed or wounded, and thus Alec, only a Staff Sergeant at the time, took command
as senior survivor at their battlefield HQ. He was wounded, but returned safely to the UK
where he was awarded a Mention in Despatches and commissioned "in the field" by the
Under Secretary of State for War.