Books about the British Army / Land Forces

These books contain autobiographical accounts written by former soldiers of a variety of ranks describing their experiences whilst serving in the armed forces in the UK and overseas from World War 1 to the present day

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2297 - A POW's Story

by John Lawrence


A former POW tells of his five long years as a captive in Eastern Europe in WW2
World War II memoir
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A Boy from Soho

by Frank Gianotti
A London boy's wartime experiences at home and abroad, in the London Blitz and in Italy with the RASC
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A Journey from Blandford

by BA Jones


Wartime adventures of a motorcycle dispatch rider and truck driver

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A Man Alone

by Peter Court
The experiences of Sgt Robert T. (Bob) Robinson who faced insubordination from his platoon in the 14th ‘Forgotten’ Army in India & Burma during World War II
World War II memoir
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A Passage to Peshawar

by Bill Precey


Misadventures of a young officer in the Indian Army during WW2
World War II memoir
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A Tankie's Travels

by Jock Watt
Experiences of a WW2 tank commander of the 3rd Royal Tank Regiment (3RTR) including Dunkirk, Greece, El Alamein and more...
WW2 memoir
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A Waggoner's War

by Fergus Fulton


A Motor Transport Driver’s Experiences in North Africa and Italy with the Royal Army Service Corps 1942-45
WW2 memoir
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Achtung Minen! Guernsey

by Henry Beckingham
The history of the German minefields on Guernsey 1940-45, told by the man in charge of removing them
Army history
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Armoured Farmer - A Tankie's Tales

by Malcolm Cleverley
Amusing recollections of a tankie with 3rd Royal Tank Regiment (3RTR) during the Cold War years
World War II memoir
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Espionage Behind the Wire

by Howard Greville


The secret history of intelligence gathering by Allied prisoners of war during World War II
Military memoir
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From Horses to Chieftains

by Richard Napier


From boy soldier to battle-hardened veteran with the 8th Hussars 1935-1959
memoir
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Going Nowhere

by Tom Eadie


A young man's experiences at home and abroad with the Royal Artillery in Malaya 1946-57
Army memoir
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Hotspots in the Falklands (and Elsewhere)

by Major Philip Thompson MBE 
A British Soldier's experiences 1965-2003 include Aden, MalayaNorthern Ireland and the Falklands War
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Just Being Frank

by Frank Rixon BEM
Autobiography of a Berkshire Lad who served in Malta with the Royal West Kent Regiment during WW2
Military memoir
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Kaladan Mortars

by Michael Clarke


Experiences of an officer with a mortar battery in Burma during WW2
military memoir
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Letters Home

By Edmund Hodges
A skilled artist on National Service in Egypt and Cyprus 1955/56 illustrates his letters with paintings and sketches
WW2 memoirs
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Malta Remembered

edited by Frank Rixon
A collection of stories about the George Cross Island of Malta contributed by military personnel who served there during World War 2
World War II poetry
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No Poppies in the Jungle

by Kenneth Child
War Poems & Drawings depicting the Burma Campaign during World War 2
World War I memoir
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Once a Cameron Highlander

by Robert Burns


Remarkable story of a WW1 Battle of the Somme veteran, who lived to be 105 years old
World War II memoir
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Operation Ladbroke From Dream to Disaster

by Alec Waldron


A first hand account of the planning, execution and ultimate failure of the glider assault on Sicily in July 1943
World War II memoir
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Pacifist to Glider Pilot

by Alec Waldron


Engaging account of a  founder member of the Glider Pilot Regiment who participated in the airborne assaults at Sicily and Arnhem in WW2
Military memoir
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Parachutes, Princes & Predicaments

by Edward Cartner


The amusing story of the author's efforts to teach Prince Charles and Prince Andrew to parachute jump in 1978
Korean War memoir
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Pluck Under Fire

by John Pluck


A former regular soldier with the Middlesex Regiment looks back on his experiences during the Korean War
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Pull Up a Sandbag

by Jonathan Smiles


A ribald collection of stories, jokes and anecdotes contributed by a variety of British military personnel

military memoir
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Sam Browne's Schooldays

by Berwick Coates
An enjoyable account of National Service in the British Army of the 1950s
Military memoir
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Soldier, Adventurer and Sinner

by Charles Hebden
A former member of The Malayan Scouts ~ renamed the 22nd Special Air Service (SAS) ~ recalls his combat experiences in the Malayan jungle in the 1950s
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The Tall Man Who Never Slept

by James Bradley


Biography of Cyril Wild, a Japanese-speaking British officer who played a significant role in the history of Singapore during World War 2
military fiction
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The Unknown Conscript

by Peter Saunders
An true-to-life tale of National Service recruits in Cyprus during the unrest of the 1950s
military memoir
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Tigers in the Desert

by Ian H Williams
A Reservist's experiences during Op TELIC in Iraq 2003
WW1 history
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Tommy

by Thomas A Crawford
The First World War experiences of a soldier in the Durham Light Infantry
military history
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Trumpeters

by Brian Cloughley 
The story of the Royal Artillery's Boy Trumpeters
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Will We Fly Above Those Clouds?

by Michael P Sutton
A pilot's varied experiences with the RN Fleet Air Arm, De Havilland, JC Bamford, Lear Jet and Dassault 1943-73
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Twelve Days in the Battle for Monte Cassino

by Peter Bunnett
An eyewitness account from the log of Bombardier Ronald Patrick Bunnett of the Royal Artillery, March 1944