New in new dust jacket. This mint, SIGNED, First Edition, HARDBACK, Robert Hale Ltd, 1990, has an unclipped dust jacket that is now protected in an extra, bespoke, clear, acid-free slipcover. "The inscription on the title page reads....."Best Wishes to you and? ? ? ? Keith Jones, December, '90" At the time of listing this was the only SIGNED copy on the top 20 internet sites. The book size is 21.8 x 14.4 x 2.8 cm with illustrations, maps, an index and a list of abbreviations. There are 189 pristine pages. This is a must have for anyone interested in D-Day. ISBN 070904240X. "Cows and Cannon Fire. Next day in a new harbour area near the Caen-Bayeux road, my greatest need was for a bath. The water cart had joined us. Digging a shallow hole in the robust turf and spreading my ground sheet in it, I poured in the water from two jerricans, refilled both from the cart, stripped off and stepped into the home-made pond glistening in the morning sunlight, all nine gallons of it. The echelon had brought my new tablet of soap and first change of clothing. I was still towelling dry when Nobby appeared from another part of RHQ. 'Colonel's asking to see Lieutenant Jones, sir. ' His tone was unusually solemn, but next minute he asked if he could use my bathwater to give his towel its initial wash. I dressed quickly and set out for the CO's mobile command post, a kind of outsize motor-caravan that normally stayed back with the echelon. Seven Cromwells of A Squadron had failed to return, including the squadron commander's. Whilst C Squadron had reached their infantry along the railway line near Grainville and remained until dawn as ordered, A Squadron had overshot theirs in the dark and landed in an enemy position, where their reception was predictably explosive. On radio the OC had twice asked permission to withdraw, had been twice refused. Around 1 a.m. on the 30th signals had ceased. Thirty-five members of the regiment were now posted as 'missing'......." ( pg.59 )
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