Lion Rampant is Robert Woollcombe's photograph account of his reviews as a front-line infantry officer with the King's personal Scottish Borderers through the determined conflict for Normandy and the Allied increase into Germany. Vividly evoking the confusion, horror and comradeship of battle - from the killing fields of Normandy bocage, via house-to-house struggling with in shattered Flemish cities, to the ultimate Rhine crossing - Lion Rampant is a robust, actual and relocating tale, telling with notable readability how the writer, his fellow officials and the lads of his corporation lived via the most sour campaigns in heritage.
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Then, following an identical path because the corporation get together had long gone the day prior to, we again in the direction of Bretteville, down a tune parallel to the little street wherein we had entered Norrey, and which was once really our outward axis for the assault. Recrossing the railway line, I pointed to a wide cornfield in the back of us, to go on one other piece of knowledge from the day prior to: “There’s a spandau put up over there,” I remarked, and used to be astonished to discover myself by myself. The 4 N. C. O. s have been already within the ditch, having assumed the antagonistic machine-gun was once protecting us and jumped for it with the rate of sunshine. After this false impression we persevered again to the jeep. through the upturned Panther of the day sooner than a burly Canadian Sapper sergeant was once creating a sell off of dismantled German tellermines. “Have you visible any corpses but, boys? ” he used to be such a lot wanting to be aware of. We had now not. “I’ll express you a few! ” he acknowledged. “Over within the box there. 3 Jerries. beautiful! Been there per week. useless black and stomachs out to here”—and he drew a bloated gesture together with his fingers. We acknowledged we might see lots in a while, thank you, and went domestic. I took a tellermine with me, pondering it'd be of use to “A” corporation in brushing up their mine popularity, and proudly laid it prior to Gavin’s bivouac. Whereupon Gavin bade the sergeant-major chuck the article away. From the instant we landed, the Brigadier, whose recognized dash should be remembered, had spent his time going ahead to the conflict to determine different brigades and glean what he might for us. Now he visited us in our box and collected each officer and N. C. O. to a nook round him. officials and N. C. O. s, he stated between different issues, wouldn't put on their badges of rank into conflict. Too many leaders were misplaced via advertisements their rank to enemy snipers. we might now not cross into this conflict conspicuous in any respect from the personal infantrymen. “Now, I don’t are looking to lose any of my officials or N. C. O. s due to carelessness. ” He used to be sitting on a ration field in his balmoral and shirtsleeves. We have been sprawled at the grass. He was once being virtually fatherly. His medals have been 3 from international warfare I and a D. S. O. from France, 1940. And one beloved the best way “carelessness” had pop out. in fact there will be casualties—but good, one needs to simply now not be careless. allow us to think about it like that. The “Brig” all of sudden appeared very secure. And we stood up and saluted him as he left for his subsequent battalion. The final day within the box pressed seriously. the boys sat approximately writing their letters whereas the solar set. I went for a walk with Bruce the service officer, who informed shaggy puppy tales. there has been additionally convenience in dipping into the poems of A. E. Housman and a Kipling anthology, the 2 books in my equipment. the next day to come the sunlight set at the Battalion swinging out of the sphere for the final time, for conflict. The columns tramped via a dusty June night to its nightfall, and the solar went. In darkness we got here to the meeting sector by way of a village named Secqueville, the place there has been a scorching drink and a subject of soup. It used to be additionally a gun zone, and we lay all the way down to relaxation in our weapon slits less than the very gun muzzles.