Thursday, December 20, 2012




Battle training in the far north of Britain

3-inch mortars of the Essex Regiment in action, Orford battle area, December 1942.

As the smoke cleared the brigadier drew himself up to his full height. He rocked backwards and forwards for a few moments ‘Urrgumph,’ he said, and again ‘Urrgumph Good show, Forman. Good – urrgumph – show.’ As he hobbled to his staff car, his GSO II drew me aside. ‘Don’t … do … that … again,’ he said.