[PDF / Epub] ✓ A Londoner in the 51st Highland Division - Jack Drinkalls Story ★ Mike Drinkall – Thomashillier.co.uk A true story of a volunteer WW2 soldier Jack Drinkall written as a tribute by his son The story begins at the time of Jack's birth in Southwark London in 1919 With the aid of family knowledge digging A in the 51st Highland PDF/EPUB ² true story of a volunteer WW soldier in the PDF/EPUB ½ Jack Drinkall written as a tribute by his son A Londoner eBook á The story begins at the time of Jack's birth in Southwark London in With the aid of Londoner in the Epub Ú family knowledge digging deep into local archives and including many photographic images the author describes his father's early Londoner in the 51st Highland ePUB ½ life growing up Southwark London in the s and s He deals with the economic and the struggles the family faced with sensitivity Although school days were not his happiest times Jack didn't Londoner in the 51st Highland ePUB ½ lack ambition and joined an acting school Italia Conti Academy Theatre Arts Training School But war intervened Jack's war experiences were collated from his personal recollections army records letters archive material and published and unpublished sources The main part of the story is the action he was involved in France in At age of with war looming with Germany he volunteered and joined the Royal Artillery and finds himself assigned to the illustrious st Highland Infantry Division commanded by General Fortune Jack and his Division arrived in France in January the terrible winter of to join the British Expeditionary Force The st were under trained and ill euipped and were to face an immensely powerful and professional Germany army The st became separated from the main Allied forces and fought on was left behind after the Dunkirk evacuation It had to fight hard against overwhelming odds with many of its ranks captured or killed Its main force only eventually laying down its arms at the French coastal town of St Valery and surrendering to General Rommel when anything else would have been mass slaughter At the time news of the surrender was not made public as it was considered to be too damaging for morale Churchill and his government considered it vital to establish the 'Dunkirk Miracle' in the minds of the British people as preparations for defending the country were made For those remaining in France there was no miracle and many felt they had been forgotten Some historians consider that the st was sacrificed by the British government by refusing to agree against their general's advice to a timely withdrawal The politicians thought that by keeping the Division in France under French orders would encourage the French to continue to fight against Germany Jack was fortunate to escape and continued to serve throughout the war years at both home overseas He never forgot his time with the st as they fought in France in He and his English comrades were fully accepted into the 'Highland Family' and enjoyed the friendly banter between themselves as 'Sassenachs' and the 'Jocks' Bonds were forged which were unbreakable which helped them endure their terrible ordeals So much we owe to them and others like them We will never forget.
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- A Londoner in the 51st Highland Division - Jack Drinkalls Story
- Mike Drinkall
- 21 July 2016 Mike Drinkall