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Stanley Christopherson was born in 1912 and trained to be a lawyer before joining the Sherwood Rangers in the autumn of 1939. Apart from two weeks in hospital, he experienced the Second World War on the Western Front in its entirety and watched as the very nature of war changed and evolved. IN the North African campaign, he engaged in the Battles of Alam Halfa and El Alamein and the fall of Tunis. On D-Day he landed on the Gold Beach, before moving across France and Belgium and onto Holland where his regiment endured the terrible fighting in the aftermath of Operation Market Garden.

James Holland was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, and studied history at Durham University. His books include Fortress Malta, Italy's Sorrow, The Battle of Britain and most recently, Dam Busters. He has also made acclaimed television programmes on the Battle of Britain and the Dambusters raid for BBC2, and is Co-Chair of the Chalke Valley History Festival.