By Norman Hicks

ISBN-10: 178303033X

ISBN-13: 9781783030330

Tom Hicks' tale starts off whilst he joins the LMS directly from institution and follows his youth at the railways within the Nineteen Thirties, via enlistment, education as a paratrooper, wartime carrier, imprisonment and his go back to the LMS as an engine driving force. 

Tom volunteered for conflict carrier in 1939 and was once at first positioned within the army railway of the Royal Engineers. looking for event, he effectively utilized to hitch the newly shaped 1st Parachute Squadron of the Royal Engineers. The depth and rigours of parachute education are defined intimately, as are the comradeship and humour that got here to the fore as this small 150-man unit fought during the moment international conflict as a part of the first Parachute Brigade. the thrill of the 1st parachute jumps are relived including the parachute operations in North Africa, Sicily and the conflict of Arnhem. It used to be right here after 9 days' struggling with together with his buddies falling round him that Tom used to be wounded and brought prisoner. Following the conflict, Tom used to be transported in a farm animals truck to Germany the place he was once used as pressured labour in a lead mine until eventually being liberated by means of the american citizens in 1945.

With insightful observation from Tom's son Norman, this can be the tale of a normal soldier, who used to be prompted via satisfaction in his unit. It was once this that might no longer enable him go away the military while he used to be two times given the chance to come back domestic to aid the suffering railway method. Tom has stated his stories with a prepared eye and the feel of humour that has constantly enabled him to triumph within the face of adversity.

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