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On our return to the UK from Italy at the end of 1943, we trained hard for the coming invasion of Europe and it was, therefore, a blow to all of us in 1st Airborne Division that we did not take par
Candahar Barracks was where the Para Squadron RAC were based during the three years I spent with them.
It was Sunday and we were fighting in our last house in Oosterbeek village when we were told that we were to retreat. The house belonged to a Dutch dentist.
We were led to a barn in the middle of the field and some sort of documenting was done and we were counted.
There had been a cheese issue, 2oz per man, so George & I decided to use some breadcrumbs we had saved to make a concoction of hot cheese and breadcrumbs.
Dicky Spender was already a published poet held in high regard when, as a platoon commander in C Company of 2 Para Bn, he was killed assaulting German positions in Tunisia at the age of 21.
In July 1944 I passed out of Staff College, and was posted to 1st Parachute Brigade as brigade major to General Lathbury.
I was in Cyprus commanding 3 Para when the Suez Canal business started. We were flown back to England where we did a couple of battalion exercises after which I gave them all leave.
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