Walking D Day

Discussion in 'Books, Films, TV, Radio' started by Paul Reed, Sep 7, 2011.

  1. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique MOD

    Details of the proposed cover of my upcoming book Walking D Day been released by my publishers (see below). The book is coming out in early 2012.

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  2. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Sort out them little pics at the bottom.
    German from the Ardennes there but you know that already.
    ;)
    Good luck with the book.
     
  3. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Could they add 'The Normandy One' in brackets below the title? ;)
     
  4. Mathsmal

    Mathsmal Senior Member

    There was an interesting programme on the BBC a couple of years ago where they interviewed the chap on the bottom left of the main photo. Apparently they were just coming back from dropping off a mate at the casualty clearing post in the background. Can't recall what the programme was called though!
     
  5. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    You forgot the token airborne picture ;)
     
  6. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    There was an interesting programme on the BBC a couple of years ago where they interviewed the chap on the bottom left of the main photo. Apparently they were just coming back from dropping off a mate at the casualty clearing post in the background. Can't recall what the programme was called though!

    There's a thread on here about him somwehere.
     
  7. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique MOD

    Sort out them little pics at the bottom.
    German from the Ardennes there but you know that already.
    ;)
    Good luck with the book.

    Unfortunately that's the standard design they use for all the WW2 Battlefield Europes and it can't be changed I'm told.
     
  8. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Paul -
    As the two types were wont to say - "which D Day do you mean old Chap "
    Good luck with the book..
    Cheers
     
  9. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Good Luck with the book Paul
     
  10. Oldman

    Oldman Very Senior Member

    Paul
    Good luck with the book, let us know when its published.
     
  11. Steve Mac

    Steve Mac Very Senior Member

    There was an interesting programme on the BBC a couple of years ago where they interviewed the chap on the bottom left of the main photo. Apparently they were just coming back from dropping off a mate at the casualty clearing post in the background. Can't recall what the programme was called though!

    That's Private Roy Walker, 5th Bn East Yorkshire Regt. A driver of a Bren carrier, one of his mates had his thumb shot off as they hit the beach, so Walker drove along the beach to a Dressing Station, dropped off the wounded man and was making his way back to the carrier when he was 'snapped'.

    Apparently there were a lot of troops being mowed down by MG fire and picked off "left, right and centre" by snipers.

    The Beach Master bollocked him for drawing enemy artillery fire onto the beach where his carrier was situated.

    On his way back in his carrier he picked up a Canadian Officer - this is on Gold Beach not Juno where the Officer should have been. The Officer's ship had been sunk. Roy had his wounded mates Lee Enfield and handed it to the Officer, who said "That's great I'll use that - I can't wait to get at those bastards."

    Apparently two of the German snipers were in a church steeple and the Infantry couldn't winkle them out, so a tank was brought up and the top of the church tower was blown off. The two snipers were found to be women; this fits with another thread running currently and so I will cross reference.

    Paul - Does your book cover the 50th (Northumbrian) Division and Gold Beach?

    Best,

    Steve.
     
  12. Mathsmal

    Mathsmal Senior Member

    Thanks for filling in the full story Steve!
     
  13. Damiano

    Damiano In the shadow of Monte Cassino

    Nice picture Paul, good luck with the book. D.
     
  14. Jakob Kjaersgaard

    Jakob Kjaersgaard Senior Member

    Cover looks catchy imo. Looking forward to the book.
     
  15. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Thanks for filling in the full story Steve!

    The thread on here about him says they are Royal Engineers-IIRC it was proven by the makings on their helmets etc. Some film footage was found of him too boading a ship in the UK setting off to Normandy.
     
  16. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique MOD

    Steve - yes it covers 50 Div on Gold Beach.

    Tom - of course, my father was at D Day at Anzio six months before this photo, but of course rightly or wrongly the general public know what you mean when you say D Day and I would like the book to actually sell a few copies, and clumsy titles don't sell...

    It's does mention Normandy on the cover!
     
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  17. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    :lol:
    You didn't expect anything less from us lot did you mate, surely?
     
  18. James S

    James S Very Senior Member

    I owe the guys I go to Normandy with a favour so "one for each man on the team".

    Paul
    clumsy titles don't sell...

    In this case the small concise title works....... "it does what it says on the cover"
    If I pick up a book for the first time , (even) if the author is not known to me the publisher is generally a good indication if the book is "quality".
    As far as "selling a few copies" go Paul, me thinks you will not have a major problem in this respect,I look forward to this Paul .
     
  19. Steve Mac

    Steve Mac Very Senior Member

    That's Private Roy Walker, 5th Bn East Yorkshire Regt. A driver of a Bren carrier, one of his mates had his thumb shot off as they hit the beach, so Walker drove along the beach to a Dressing Station, dropped off the wounded man and was making his way back to the carrier when he was 'snapped'.

    Apparently there were a lot of troops being mowed down by MG fire and picked off "left, right and centre" by snipers.

    The Beach Master bollocked him for drawing enemy artillery fire onto the beach where his carrier was situated.

    On his way back in his carrier he picked up a Canadian Officer - this is on Gold Beach not Juno where the Officer should have been. The Officer's ship had been sunk. Roy had his wounded mates Lee Enfield and handed it to the Officer, who said "That's great I'll use that - I can't wait to get at those bastards."

    Apparently two of the German snipers were in a church steeple and the Infantry couldn't winkle them out, so a tank was brought up and the top of the church tower was blown off. The two snipers were found to be women; this fits with another thread running currently and so I will cross reference.

    Paul - Does your book cover the 50th (Northumbrian) Division and Gold Beach?

    Best,

    Steve.

    The thread on here about him says they are Royal Engineers-IIRC it was proven by the makings on their helmets etc. Some film footage was found of him too boading a ship in the UK setting off to Normandy.

    I lifted the information from 'The Sign Of the Double T' Barrie S Barnes who interviewed Private Walker, the man pictured at the bottom left of the picture. If Walker is an engineer then Barnes' book is wrong at attributing him to the 5th East Yorks. But same beach, same division, same story!

    Could you identify the thread you refer to please...

    Best,

    Steve.
     
  20. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Its a couple of years old now and I know its not in the 1940 section. You should be able to find it after a bit of searching via the forums SE.

    I'm sure it was mentioned that it was Sword beach too. Other than that I didn't take much notice as its all 4 years too late for me.
     

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