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In the face of the enemy : a Battery Sergeant Major in action in the…

by E A Powdrill

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I borrowed it from the library and liked it so much that I bought my own copy. I found it very interesting because it is unusual for an other rank to write a memoir. Especially one where the author was a battery sergeant major who also had access to the battery clerk's notes. So much of the 1944-45 campaign is very well documented with grid references for gun positions, ammo expenditure and times of moves. There is also some of the human element to it as well. I was especially moved by the mystery of Gunner E T Jones who disappeared in the middle of a battle between the authors casualty evacuation runs. Gunner Jones was never found and is commemorated on the memorial for the missing at Bayeux. ( )
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Ernest Powdrill joined the Territorials in 1935 and transferred to the Regular Army in 1938. By the time his regiment went out to France in September 1939 he was a full gun sergeant. This text describes his life in an artillery regiment during the Second World War, where he rose to Sergeant Major in an armoured tracked regiment.… (more)

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