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201pp, about a kilo for post, numerous bw opics, publisher's stamp & name inside. The story, in short, is about Sidney Bates, a young corporal with the elite English unit, the Royal NorFolk regiment. During the battled folowing D-Day, he almost single-handedly fought back a large unit of SS Panzergrenadiers with a Brengun, thus preventing them from overrunning the headquarters. During this fighting, for which Sidney Bates earned the Victoria Cross, he got mortally wounded. About 40 years later, three WWII veterans, led by Tom Bates, went to Normandy to search for the battlefield where Sidney Bates fought his last fight. The author, Tom Bates now lives in California. British by birth, he served in the Burma campaign in World War ll. Much of his life in the last 20 years has been dedicated to Normandy, in France, where he has tirelessly ensured that memories are not forgotten and that well-placed monuments record for posterity the achievements of the hundreds of thousands of British servicemen who lived and often died in the liberatation of Europe.