Roy’s Boys really captures the slog and grit of being an infantryman. The personal accounts bring it all vividly to life.
I was with every platoon, company and battalion commander – and the brigade commander – in the challenges and decisions each faced. I felt every bullet cracking around them. I was impressed by the level of preparation for combined operations at this stage of the war and interested to learn how Roy Urquhart's personal style worked so well for him in Sicily in comparison with his experience a year later at Arnhem. I also identified with the task organisation and battle grouping in the middle of operations which I had a little experience of.
It’s a thoroughly good read that had my adrenalin going from my armchair fire position!
Brigadier (Ret’d) Trevor Minter OBE DL, late The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers