Captured at Arnhem: From Railwayman to Paratrooper by Norman Hicks

By Norman Hicks

Tom Hicks' tale starts off whilst he joins the LMS directly from tuition and follows his formative years at the railways within the Thirties, via enlistment, education as a paratrooper, wartime provider, imprisonment and his go back to the LMS as an engine motive force. 

Tom volunteered for struggle carrier in 1939 and was once at first put within the army railway of the Royal Engineers. looking for experience, he effectively utilized to affix 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 in the course of the moment global conflict as a part of the first Parachute Brigade. the buzz of the 1st parachute jumps are relived including the parachute operations in North Africa, Sicily and the conflict of Arnhem. It was once right here after 9 days' battling together with his friends falling round him that Tom was once wounded and brought prisoner. Following the conflict, Tom used to be transported in a farm animals truck to Germany the place he used to be used as pressured labour in a lead mine until eventually being liberated by means of the americans in 1945.

With insightful remark from Tom's son Norman, this is often the tale of a regular soldier, who used to be influenced via satisfaction in his unit. It used to be this that may now not permit him depart the military whilst he used to be two times given the chance to come back domestic to help the suffering railway method. Tom has stated his reviews with a prepared eye and the experience of humour that has continually enabled him to triumph within the face of adversity.

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