Books about the British Army / Land Forces

2297 - A POWs Story

by John Lawrence
A former POW tells of his five years as a captive in Eastern Europe in WW2.

A Boy from Soho

by Frank Gianotti
A Londoner's experiences at home and abroad during World War II, as a teenager in the London Blitz and later serving in Italy with the RASC

A Journey from Blandford – a Truck Drivers Memories of World War II

by B.A. Jones
Wartime adventures of a motorcycle dispatch rider and truck driver 1939-46 including Dunkirk, North Africa supporting the Eighth Army, D-Day and the liberation of Brussels.

A Man Alone – A True Story of Mutiny in the Ranks

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

A Passage to Peshawar

by Bill Precey
Adventures of a young officer in the Indian Army during WW2

A Waggoners War – an RASC driver in World War II

by Fergus Fulton
A Motor Transport Driver’s Experiences in North Africa and Italy with the Royal Army Service Corps 1942-45.

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.
Armoured Farmer

Armoured Farmer - A Tankie's Tales

by Malcolm Cleverley
Recollections of a former 'tankie' who served with the 3rd Royal Tank Regiment (3RTR) a.k.a. 'the armoured farmers' during the Cold War years.

Espionage Behind the Wire

by Howard Greville
The  secret history of a British intelligence network operating within German prisoner of war camps during World War II

From Horses to Chieftains

by Richard Napier
A soldier's journey from boyhood to battle-hardened veteran with the 8th Hussars 1935-59

Going Nowhere

by Tom Eadie
A Nottinghamshire lad's National Service experiences with the Royal Artillery in Malaya 1954-56.

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

Just Being Frank

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

Kaladan Mortars

by Michael Clarke
Experiences of  a British officer of the Forgotten 14th Army who commanded a mortar battery of Nigerian bombardiers in Burma during WW2.

Letters Home - A National Servicemans Sketchbook

By Edmund Hodges
A talented artist on National Service in Egypt and Cyprus 1955/56 illustrates his letters home with paintings and sketches.

Malta Remembered – by those who were there during World War II

edited by Frank Rixon
A collection of stories about the George Cross Island of Malta contributed by military personnel who served there during the Second World War.

No Poppies in the Jungle

by Kenneth Child
A collection of poems & drawings depicting the Burma Campaign of the "forgotten" 14th Army during World War 2

Once a Cameron Highlander

by Robert Burns
Remarkable story of a WW1 Battle of the Somme veteran, who lived to be 105 years old and one of the last 'Tommies' who fought in The Great War.
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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.

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.

Parachutes, Princes & Predicaments

by Edward Cartner
How I taught Prince Charles and Prince Andrew to parachute jump (without killing either of them) whilst serving in the RAF as a parachute jumping instructor in 1978.

Pluck Under Fire – A Regular Soldiers Experiences in the Korean War

by John Pluck
A former regular soldier with the Middlesex Regiment looks back on his experiences during the Korean War

Pull Up a Sandbag

A ribald collection of stories, jokes and anecdotes contributed by a variety of British military personnel.
Sam Brownes Schooldays by Berwick Coates

Sam Brownes Schooldays – National Service Basic Training in the 1950s

by Berwick Coates
A  squad of National Service recruits undergo their six weeks of basic training in the British Army of the 1950s.

Sky Laughing – Parachute Regiment Stories

by Roger Payne
A collection of true stories from former members of The Parachute  Regiment in the 1950s and 60s

Soldier, Adventurer and Sinner – Memories of the SAS

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  during the 1950s
The Tall Man Who Never Slept by James Bradley

The Tall Man Who Never Slept

by James Bradley
Biography of Cyril Wild, a British officer who played a significant role in Singapore during World War 2

The Unknown Conscript

by Peter Saunders
A true-to-life tale of National Service recruits in Cyprus during the unrest of the 1950s.

Tigers in the Desert

by Ian H. Williams
A Territorial Army reservist's Gulf War experiences during Operation TELIC, Iraq 2003.

Tommy – a World War I soldiers story

by Thomas A Crawford
Experiences of a typical British soldier in the Durham Light Infantry during the Great War 1914/18

Trumpeters - Boy Soldiers of the Royal Artillery

by strong>Brian Cloughley
The story of the Royal Artillery's Boy Trumpeters or 'badgies' who served in the British Army and Indian Army until the 1940s.

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

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.