Charlie Company by Peter Cochrane
'Read Charlie Company. You are unlikely to find a better recreation of a regimental officer's experience of war.' - Gary Sheffield
'A clear, moving and evocative portrayal of what war is really about in human terms.' - Laurence Cotterell, The Times
Of the many books about the last war, some offer the general's view of an entire battlefield, others have been individual experiences or divisional histories. Charlie Company is something original, the story of a rifle company of the Cameron Highlanders whose record of service in the Western Desert, Eritrea, and throughout the Italian campaign fully deserves this tribute to their courage and endurance. Peter Cochrane joined the company as a young platoon commander in 1940. He won an MC in their first action in Libya and followed this with a DSO for his part in the grim assault on Keren.
Badly wounded there, he missed the disaster at Tobruk, but was back as company commander at Monte Cassino and afterwards for the long haul up Italy. From his own experience he has told the remarkable story of a small group of soldiers of whom any country would be proud. The stresses and horrors of war are there, but so is the humour and the wonderful spirit of men whose morale was somehow sustained to the very end. It is a deeply moving book.