With the 8th Rifle Brigade from Normandy to the Baltic

“Book of the Month” June 2019

With the 8th Rifle Brigade from Normandy to the Baltic

Don Gillate

With the 8th Rifle Brigade from Normandy to the BalticWith the 8th Rifle Brigade from Normandy to the Baltic – Memories of the famous 11th Armoured Division

Don Gillate takes the readers of “With the 8th Rifle Brigade from Normandy to the Baltic” back to June 1944 until May 1945.

June 13th, 1944 was an important date in the life of Don Gillate, who now opens up about his experiences as a member of the 13 ‘Scout’ Platoon, 8th Rifle Brigade, part of the famous 11th Armoured Division. From that date on, until 8 May 1945, he saw almost continuous action. Don was one out of only three in his platoon of over 40 men to remain with the platoon right to the end without getting killed or seriously injured. He took part in major operations in Normandy (Epsom, Goodwood and Bluecoat) and in the liberation of Amiens and Antwerp, the watch on the river Maas, the Battle of the Bulge and in the final advance through Germany.

In his book “With the 8th Rifle Brigade from Normandy to the Baltic”, Don Gillate tells readers how it all happened. In the early 1990s, he recorded his experiences with vivid and personal descriptions of events including bearing witness to the loss of some 30 of his friends and comrades. In this book Don Gillate’s story is illustrated by well over 100 photos and contemporary maps. Both the text and many of the photos used have not been published before and allow the readers interesting insights into a devastating part of 20th Century history.

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