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The Grenadier Guards in the War of 1939-1945

27 June 2010

Nigel Nicholson and Patrick Forbes

Written by renowned author Nigel Nicholson who served in the Grenadier Guards in the war, this official history is a quite outstanding example of the genre. The first volume tells the story of the campaigns in north-west Europe, in which four Battalions of the Regiment took part, beginning with the battles fought during the retreat to Dunkirk in 1940, and ending with the advance into the heart of Germany in 1945. The second volume tells the story of the Grenadiers’ campaigns in the Mediterranean from the Mareth Line to the Austrian frontier, between 1942 and 1945.

Out of print since 1949, the Regimental Adjutant invited Naval and Military Press to undertake a facsimile reprint; the result is superb and the reproduction of the maps even better than in the original. For all Grenadiers, both serving and retired, this two volume set is “a must read”, totally enthralling from the first page to the last. The reader is left humbled by the courage, stoicism and achievements of the Regiment in the Second World War. The heroism of all ranks in the fight against Fascism and Totalitarianism is left unsaid.

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The Grenadier Guards in the War of 1939-1945


Nigel Nicolson




2010 N&M Press reprint (original pub 1949). SB in two volumes xvi + 256+xviii and xi + 323+xviii pp. B&W Plates + Maps in colour