WW2 Royal Signals Books

Discussion in 'Royal Signals' started by Drew5233, Nov 15, 2009.

  1. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Do you know any? I have the two Corps History books Vol.1 UK and Vol.2 Commonwealth Signals.

    I've just bought 'And Maybe a Man: With the Royal Signals of the Sixth Airborne Division, 1943-46 by Sir Napier Crookenden' and I'm eagerly awaiting its arrival.

    There is very few WW2 Signals books out there and this one surprised me as I've never heard of it. Feel free to add any you know of to the list below.

    Many thanks !



    A bit of info from Sir Napier Crookenden ordituary:

    Lieutenant-General Sir Napier Crookenden, who has died aged 87, was a gallant airborne commander during the Normandy landings and the Battle of the Bulge; he was awarded the DSO while commanding 9th Battalion the Parachute Regiment at the Rhine crossings.

    Originally commissioned into his family regiment, the Cheshires (of which his father was Colonel), Crookenden was appointed Brigade Major of 6th Airlanding Brigade (Gliders) in 1943. As such, he was closely involved in the planning of his brigade's part in the airborne assault on the night of June 5/6 1944 - the advance guard of the Normandy landings. The 6th Airborne Division, of which Crookenden's brigade was part, was tasked with seizing the bridges over the river Orne, east of Caen, to protect the eastern flank of the beach landings. The operation was a complete success, the bridges being captured intact before midnight.


    Lt-Gen Sir Napier Crookenden - Telegraph
     
  2. idler

    idler GeneralList

    Three others that spring to mind are:

    Echoes from Arnhem - Lewis Golden
    A Signal Honour - Robin Painter (Chindits)
    Red Jungle - John Cross (a stay-behind party in Malaya)

    And have you seen: Wireless for the Warrior?
     
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  3. Paul Pariso

    Paul Pariso Very Senior Member

    Also "A Hell of an Education!" by Jack Hewitt........
     
  4. wtid45

    wtid45 Very Senior Member

    Yes I have it but the book is by Raymond Leeming, Crookenden was his Brigade Major.
     
  5. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    I've changed the title and amended the first post so it was more appropriate.


    Many thanks for the other titles, I've only heard of one of them (A Signal Honour). Will have a look on Amazon later for them......Keep em coming :)

    Cheers
    Andy
     
  6. Paul Pariso

    Paul Pariso Very Senior Member

  7. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

  8. sol

    sol Very Senior Member

    Rhodes-James, Richard, "Chindit"

    The author served in a Chindit column during Operation Thurdsday as a signals officer in the 111th Brigade. His story covers the pre-mission training, the problems in command as he observed them through the landings and subsequent fighting. Included are the author's impression upon hearing Wingate's death and his reflection afterward. The writer covers the controversial decision to move to Stronghold Blackpool and both Lentaigne's and Master's decisions and his his negative appraisal of them.
     
  9. Oldman

    Oldman Very Senior Member

    Drew
    remember ABEBOOKS they turn up all kinds of oddities

    Oldman
     
  10. wtid45

    wtid45 Very Senior Member

    Paul, I suspect its not Airborne Sigs :unsure:
    Andy, Looking at the book description I think it is;) and did you see my post ref Maybe a Man.Jason
     
  11. sol

    sol Very Senior Member

    E. S. Nicholson, "Adventures of a Royal Signals Despatch Rider"

    Adventures of a Royal Signals Despatch Rider: Amazon.co.uk: E.S. Nicholson: Books

    From customer review:

    tales of army service as a Signals despatch rider before and during the second world war. Capture and life as a prisoner of war in Italy with assistance given to the partisans who ultimately helped him escape over the Alps in the depths of winter to Switzerland when to fool his guards he had to feign death.


    Also some books here:

    Royal Signals Shop - Books

    like:

    The Royal Corps of Signals - Unit Histories
    Jimmy's Apprentice
    Lucky Signaller
     
  12. Paul Pariso

    Paul Pariso Very Senior Member

    Not about the Signals?? :lol::lol:
     

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  13. Paul Pariso

    Paul Pariso Very Senior Member

    Drew,
    Sorry about the last post mate, but I couldn't resist! :D There's also a book called "Salute To The Steadfast" by Harry Bankhead. Whilst this is essentially about the 156 Battalion, I believe I'm right in saying that the author was the radio operator assigned to Major Geoffrey Powell. :)
    All the best,
    Paul..........
     
  14. wtid45

    wtid45 Very Senior Member

    Drew,
    Sorry about the last post mate, but I couldn't resist! :D There's also a book called "Salute To The Steadfast" by Harry Bankhead. Whilst this is essentially about the 156 Battalion, I believe I'm right in saying that the author was the radio operator assigned to Major Geoffrey Powell. :)
    All the best,
    Paul..........
    Another Arnhem, book I have yet to get my hands on, and from what ive seen there are only paperback editions about:( although looking at some blurb I printed of from the net a while back Ramsey press, did publish a hardback version,any more on this Paul?
     
  15. Paul Pariso

    Paul Pariso Very Senior Member

    Another Arnhem, book I have yet to get my hands on, and from what ive seen there are only paperback editions about:( although looking at some blurb I printed of from the net a while back Ramsey press, did publish a hardback version,any more on this Paul?

    Hello mate,
    This particular book is a bit of an enigma. As far as I know there have been SIX different versions printed since its release in 1998. 5 of them have been paperback/cardcover editions and one, allegedly, is a hardback. Four of the paperbacks plus the 'hardback' have the same ISBN number 0953329208 :unsure:. The most recent version (to my knowledge) is also paperback and has the ISBN number 1905200099. Over the years I have owned all the versions but I have NEVER seen a hardback. I currently have two versions, a 1998 1st edition (paperback) and the 'latest' 2005 edition, also paperback. Below are all the versions I know of with their respective ISBN numbers. I hope this helps :unsure:.
    All the best..........
     

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  16. Paul Pariso

    Paul Pariso Very Senior Member

  17. wtid45

    wtid45 Very Senior Member

    Further to the above there are three versions (all paperback!) for sale on Abe. :)

    Harry Bankhead - AbeBooks
    Paul, many thanks for the heads up I shall be getting my hands on a copy now:D I keep forgetting to look at Abebooks and apart from seeing the blurb on www.parabooks.co.uk for the hardback version I have not seen it no where else and I can no longer find the site either:(
     
  18. Paul Pariso

    Paul Pariso Very Senior Member

    Paul, many thanks for the heads up I shall be getting my hands on a copy now:D I keep forgetting to look at Abebooks and apart from seeing the blurb on www.parabooks.co.uk for the hardback version I have not seen it no where else and I can no longer find the site either:(

    No problem mate :).......
     
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  19. wtid45

    wtid45 Very Senior Member

    I've changed the title and amended the first post so it was more appropriate.


    Many thanks for the other titles, I've only heard of one of them (A Signal Honour). Will have a look on Amazon later for them......Keep em coming :)

    Cheers
    Andy
    This has been sat on my shelf staring me in the face, The Quiet Operator; special forces signaller extraordinary, John Simpson with Mark Adkin ISBN 0 85052 376 1. Pub by Leo Cooper.
     
  20. zzkwetal

    zzkwetal Senior Member

    Calling 'Sunray' ! De verbindingen tijdens de Slag om Arnhem
    1991
    Boersma, W.
    Airborne Museum, Oosterbeek

    De verbindingen tijdens de "Slag om Arnhem", 17 t/m 25 sptember 1944
    1975
    Boersma, W.
    Maandorgaan Documentatiegroep '40-'45, no.131 (1975), p. 2961-2964; no.132 (1975), p. 3001-3004

    The Royal Corps of Signals - Unit histories of the Corps (1920-2001) and its antecedents
    1-874622-07-8
    2003
    Lord, C. ; Watson, G.

    The history of British army signals in the second world war: general survey 1953 Nalder, R.F.H.
    London: Royal Signals Institution
    1953

    Some in Dutch, but i hope of relevance
     

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