The Second World War is vanishing into the pages of history. The veterans were once all around us, but their numbers are fast diminishing. While still in their prime many recorded their memories with Peter Hart for the Imperial War Museum. As these old soldiers now fade away their voices from the front are still strong with a rare power to bring the horrors of war back to vivid life. The 16th Durham Light Infantry were supposed to be just an ‘ordinary’ battalion. But their experiences as they fought their way up through Italy show that there is no such thing as ‘ordinary’. They struggled to break out from Salerno, then across the countless rivers and mountain ranges that seemed to spring up to bar their way to victory. They learnt their military skills the hard way facing determined German opposition every step of the way. These were no ‘D-Day Dodgers’ but heroes in their own right. But there was another battle being fought as they struggled to maintain their morale day by day, as their friends died and their seemed to be no end in sight. This is their story.
THE 16TH DURHAM LIGHT INFANTRY IN ITALY 1943-1945 Voices from the Front
A clear and informative account of the 16th Durham light infantry in Italy duringWW2., an absolute must for anyone who wants to follow the Italian Campaign The focus is on the 16 DLI, what Peter Hart has written and captured in this book,demonstrates what life was like for any of the troops involved during this campaign.