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Black Watch: Liberating Europe and Catching Himmler - My Extraordinary WW2 with the Highland Division

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As a 19-year old Black Watch conscript Tom Renouf's war began with some of the most vicious fighting of the conflict—against Himmler's fanatical "Hitler Youth" SS Division. It ended with the capture of Himmler himself and Tom taking a trophy he still treasures, the Gestapo commander's watch. Seriously wounded and later decorated with a Military Medal for gallantry, Tom ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Little, Brown Book Group (first published 2011)
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'Aussie Rick'
This book covers the experience of a young lad who joins the army during the war and ends up in the Black Watch. The book provides details of the Black Watch at war in the 1940 campaign in France, to the North African desert and then to Italy before the author joins up. This part of the book includes stories from other members of the unit and numerous first-hand accounts of the battles and campaigns.

The book is full of observations and notes by the author, both funny and serious, like this accou
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James Kemp
May 18, 2012 James Kemp rated it really liked it
This is a campaign history written by a veteran of 5th Bn Black Watch who later became the secretary of the Highland Division Association. Direct personal accounts, both from the author and other veterans, are used to tell the story of the 51st Highland Division in a very personal way. This book offers some new perspectives on the battles of the 51st, especially those in the final months of the war in which the author was personally involved.

The book starts with some background on the author's
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Matt
Jun 13, 2014 Matt rated it really liked it
Shelves: world-war-2
This was a very good read. Great first hand account of the Scottish 51st Highland Division also refered to as "The Black Watch". This is a first hand account of their battles through WW2 including the beaches of Normandy, the liberation of Holland and ultimately their thrust into Germany after participating in the Battle of The Bulge.

If you like first hand experiences, first hand accounts, and solid detail on significant battles in WW2, this is a good read. Great to read a perspective of a warr
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Relstuart
Not only does the book contain the experiences of the author with the Black Watch in Europe but he gives a brief overview of the actions of the Black Watch in France and later in North Africa.
Rob
May 31, 2015 Rob rated it really liked it
A good book and well written. The author does not boast of his own achievements, but rising through the ranks from private to officer status says a lot for his courage, leadership, and bravery.
Matt
Nov 05, 2012 Matt rated it really liked it
Enjoyed the book nicely written the author certainly saw some action! Well written and captures the squady humour thats been around since soldiering began!
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