The Friendly Invasion of Leominster
Fran & Martin Collins
- Price: £10.95
- Publisher: Brewin Books
- ISBN: 9781858584935
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‘The Friendly Invasion of Leominster’
relates the activities of a number of American units based in Leominster during
World War II. During its history the Herefordshire market town had been no
stranger to invasions from across the Welsh border, but in 1943 it was to
encounter an incursion of another type. The invasion of U.S. soldiers was a
friendly one, although not all of Leominster’s residents recognised it as such
at the time.
On the outskirts of Leominster, Barons
Cross became home to the doctors and nurses of the 76th and 135th U.S. Army
General Hospitals and patients from the hostilities on the Continent. In the
build up to D. Day, American units occupied camps in the grounds of Berrington
Hall and in the town. Some of these units, such as the 5th Ranger Battalion and
the 90th Infantry Division were to play a major part in the D. Day landings.
Others, such as the 7th Armored Division and the 736th Field Artillery Battalion
landed after D. Day and took part in the liberation of France.
This book describes each unit’s time in Leominster, using eyewitness accounts and photographs, and then follows the unit across the English Channel and through Europe.
|Dimensions||240mm x 170mm|
|Illustrations||black & white|