Books: Life & Death of a Battalion

FROM THE CITY, FROM THE PLOUGH (224 pp.)—Alexander Baron — Washburn ($2.75).

The 5th Battalion, Wessex Regiment, British Expeditionary Force, was assembled in England in January 1944 and destroyed in Normandy six months later. From the City, from the Plough is the chronicle of its infantrymen's life & death. Published last year in Britain, the book was both a bestseller and a critical success. Some reviewers described it as the All Quiet of World War II; others were reminded of Journey's End. Critic V. S. Pritchett, one of Britain's best, called it simply "the only war book that has conveyed any...

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