A Royal Engineer at War 1940-1945

From Crossing the Desert to Crossing the Rhine

Based on the diaries of Royal Engineer Robert Jones, the narrative follows him across the North African desert, describes the bombing of Tripoli Harbour, the invasion of Sicily and the landing on the Normandy beaches on D-Day + 2. The story follows the advance through Belgium and Holland, to the battle that became known as the Rhine Crossing.
Date Published :
June 2017
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Editor :
Martyn Ford-Jones
Illustration :
black and white photographs
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A Royal Engineer at War 1940-1946 is a British soldier’s account of his life, both private and military, while serving with the Corps of Royal Engineers between 1940 and 1946. Based on the diaries of Driver First Class Robert “Robb” Jones, the reader follows this Royal Engineer across the deserts of North Africa and the Middle East, endures the bombing of Tripoli Harbour, and accompanies him on both the invasion of Sicily and the landings on the Normandy beaches. The reader follows the advance up through Belgium and Holland and is given a firsthand account of the battle that became known as the Rhine Crossing. The narrative is also interspersed throughout with some relevant military events, which occurred during the same period. As with all such stories, the reader is given access to the subject’s innermost thoughts, revealing his fears, anxieties, frustrations and emotions; the latter involving the affections of a couple of pretty young ladies. In addition to being based on the written thoughts, comments and diary entries of Robb Jones, the book is illustrated with photographs taken by him during his six years as a Royal Engineer.

About The Author

Martyn R. Ford-Jones is the acknowledged historian to No.XV Squadron, Royal Air Force, and to No.622 Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force. As a result of his interest in the RAF, he has become an established author and researcher. Born and raised in London, Martyn now lives in Wiltshire with his wife Valerie, to whom he has been married for over fifty years. He has two daughters, Emma and Alexandra, and two grandchildren, Sonny and Loulou. Martyn’s main topics of interest, apart from the Royal Air Force and the Second World War, are reading, travelling, solving crosswords and Formula 1 motor racing.

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