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Captured at Arnhem : From Railwayman to Paratrooper.

Author: Norman Hicks
Publisher: Havertown : Pen and Sword, 2013.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Tom Hicks' story begins when he joins the LMS straight from school and follows his early life on the railways in the 1930s, through enlistment, training as a paratrooper, wartime service, imprisonment and his return to the LMS as an engine driver. Tom volunteered for war service in 1939 and was initially placed in the military railway of the Royal Engineers. In search of adventure, he successfully applied to join  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Hicks, Norman.
Captured at Arnhem : From Railwayman to Paratrooper.
Havertown : Pen and Sword, ©2013
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Norman Hicks
ISBN: 9781473831209 1473831202
OCLC Number: 893732227
Description: 1 online resource (305 pages)
Contents: Preface; Acknowledgements; List of Abbreviations; Part One Life on the Railway; Chapter 1 A Railway Family, Royston, 1932-9; Chapter 2 Calling Up Lad --
'Knocker Up', November 1934; Chapter 3 Engine Cleaner, August 1936; Chapter 4 Passed Cleaner and Firing, August 1937; Chapter 5 The Working Day; Chapter 6 Royston, Carlton Yards to Garston Docks, Liverpool; Chapter 7 The 'Barrow Babies' --
Royston, Carlton Yards to Carnforth; Chapter 8 Firing Beyer-Garratts; Chapter 9 Registering for Military Training, August 1939; Part Two My Years as a Soldier, 1939-46. Chapter 10 Royal Engineer at Longmoor Camp, Hampshire, November 1939Chapter 11 The Paratroops; Chapter 12 Paratroop Training at Hardwick Hall, March 1942; Chapter 13 1st Parachute Squadron Royal Engineers; Chapter 14 First Parachute Jumps at Ringway, April 1942; Chapter 15 Training at Bulford Camp, April 1942; Chapter 16 On Exercise and How 'Smudger' Got His Own Back, August 1942; Chapter 17 Away at Last, 9 November 1942; Chapter 18 Maison Blanche to Bone, 12 November 1942; Chapter 19 Returning to Algiers from Bone; Chapter 20 Boufarik, Algeria to Beja, Tunisia, 12 November 1942. Chapter 21 Back to BoufarikChapter 22 By Sea to Bone and on to El Aroussa, 24 January 1943; Chapter 23 Bou Arada, Tunisia; Chapter 24 Tamera Valley, 7-14 March 1943; Chapter 25 Returning to Boufarik from Tamera, 17 March 1943; Chapter 26 Boufarik to Mascara for Training, May 1943; Chapter 27 Mascara to M'Saken, Sousse, Late June 1943; Chapter 28 Sicily, July 1943; Chapter 29 Primosole Bridge, Sicily, 13 July 1943; Chapter 30 Returning to M'Saken, Tunisia; Chapter 31 Malaria in Tarranto, Italy, September 1943; Chapter 32 Back Home Again --
Donington, Lincolnshire, December 1943. Chapter 33 Arnhem, Holland, 17 September 1944Chapter 34 The Plan of Attack; Chapter 35 RAF Barkston Heath, Lincolnshire, 17 September 1944; Chapter 36 Landing on Renkum Heath, DZ-X; Chapter 37 The Oosterbeek Perimeter; Part Three Prisoner of War; Chapter 38 Early Days as a POW; Chapter 39 Fallingbostel, Germany --
Stalag XIB; Chapter 40 POW Lead Miner, Bad Grund, Lower Saxony; Chapter 41 The March to Liberation, 7 April 1945; Chapter 42 Liberation, 11 April 1945; Chapter 43 Returning to Longmoor, June 1945; Part Four Life Continues. Chapter 44 Demobilisation --
Returning to Royston Shed, July 1946Chapter 45 Engine Driver, January 1947; Chapter 46 Coal Trains and Passenger Turns; Chapter 47 Coal Over Copy Pit Summit; Chapter 48 Trippers and the Scramble into Carlton Yards; Chapter 49 Final Days at Royston; Chapter 50 Parachuting Again; Epilogue Another Tennis Racket; Appendix 1 Royston Locomotive Depot; Appendix 2 Demise of the 1st Parachute Squadron RE, 1941-5; Appendix 3 Tragino --
Operation Colossus; Appendix 4 Three Songs of the Paratroops, 1942; Appendix 5 Roll of Honour of the 1st Parachute Squadron Royal Engineers.

Abstract:

Tom Hicks' story begins when he joins the LMS straight from school and follows his early life on the railways in the 1930s, through enlistment, training as a paratrooper, wartime service, imprisonment and his return to the LMS as an engine driver. Tom volunteered for war service in 1939 and was initially placed in the military railway of the Royal Engineers. In search of adventure, he successfully applied to join the newly formed 1st Parachute Squadron of the Royal Engineers. The intensity and rigours of parachute training are described in detail, as are the comradeship and humour that came to.

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