1st Edition PB 1999 176 Pages
2nd Edition PB 2002 ISBN=0953575402
Paperback. First published in the UK in 1999 by "Spurwing Publishing".
Printed by "Stanley L Hunt Ltd". Written by Peter Wilkinson MC.
This book deals with the Royal Regiment of Artillery units involved,
the actions of the field and anti-tank airborne gunners and the artillery of XXX Corps.
The author was an Officer with the 3rd Airlanding Light Battery RA.
Peter William Wilkinson, MC, (born 10 December 1922), informally called Sam Wilkinson,
is a British soldier, accountant and author.
Married to June with three children and nine grandchildren.
Wilkinson was educated at Gresham's School, Holt, between 1936 and 1940.
He enlisted in the Royal Artillery by the special entry scheme on 7 March 1942 and
was commissioned into the Royal Regiment of Artillery in March 1942. He then joined
the 458th Independent Light Battery RA (which a year later was expanded into the
1st Airlanding Light Regiment RA) and saw active service in World War II in
North Africa, then in Italy, at Arnhem (Operation Market Garden), and in Norway.
He was Command Post Officer of the 3rd Airlanding Light Battery RA at Arnhem.
In September 1945 he transferred from the Royal Artillery to join 652 Squadron
of the Royal Air Force as an Air Observation Post officer and served with them in
Germany until October 1946.
After 1946, Wilkinson became a Chartered accountant and then Chief Executive of
a major building society. He retired in 1983 to East Haddon, Northamptonshire.
Military Cross, 1944