“Four Brothers in Arms” by Ian McGill is publishedISBN #978-1789554939
“Four Brothers in Arms” by Ian McGill is published
A remarkable account of a single family and their service in the British Armed Forces
About the Book:
The book provides glimpses of four brothers' experiences over a period of twenty years on the North West Frontier of India in the 1930s, throughout the Second World War, during the partition of India in 1947 and the Malayan Emergency in the 1950s as well as a rare insight into their mother's precarious isolation during the war in Jersey under German occupation. Malcolm was killed while fighting the Japanese in Burma; Dick was seriously wounded in Italy while commanding his battalion where he was awarded a DSO; Jerry fought at Monte Cassino; Nigel joined the Royal Marines, retiring in 1968 as a Major General.
The final chapter moves on to describe Dick's life in Rhodesia, before that country became Zimbabwe. It is extraordinary that so many events and situations occurred within the same family who tackled all their challenges with the courage and tenacity so typical of their generation. The underlying thread throughout the book is the very close bond between them all during such turbulent years.
About the Author:
Ian McGill was born in Quetta in 1946. His father, one of the four brothers in this book, was then serving with the 8th Gurkha Rifles in the uncertain period before India’s partition. The family moved to Zimbabwe the following year and soon settled on a farm. Ian joined the British Army in 1965 and his military experience included service with commando and airborne forces, operational tours in Northern Ireland, Kuwait and Bosnia and leading the Royal Engineers as their professional head (Engineer-in-Chief). He was awarded the CBE in 1998 and the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service in 1999. He left the Army as a Brigadier in 2001.
Book review on Amazon:
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting account
18 March 2018
“Great update to a previous edition where Ian McGill collects together the stories of his father and uncles who all fought in the Second World War. Their collective experiences give a good insight into what it was like to fight across the globe in different theatres of war and in the last years of the British Empire. An interesting twist to the tale is that whilst they were fighting their hometown was surviving the German Occupation of the Channel Islands. At one stage their mother was nearly deported to a concentration camp and only a direct appeal to the German Commandant of the islands saved her. A fascinating vignette of lives lived in a time of great conflict. One of the brothers, Malcolm, was killed fighting the Japanese whilst the others survived and continued on to distinguished military careers after the war. I recommend it. Gary Sheffield, the military historian, rightly reviewed this book as a 'little gem'.”
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