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Book Review: City Boys at War


Book Review:

City Boys at War, a book written by Peter Ledger

PIECED TOGETHER using letters written by Alfred Ledger to his fiancée (and later wife) and the regimental histories, City Boys at War looks at the conflict’s early years through the eyes a Territorial Army gunner, his wife, his family and his comrades. Alfred, an insurance broker, joined the Lloyd’s Battery of the 53rd (City of London) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery, in 1938 and was called up the following year. His war took him to mainland Europe, the chaos of a collapsing British Expeditionary Force and a return home via Gibraltar.

This book is well illustrated with photographs from the Ledger family album, pertinent maps and letters sent from the front. The latter include censor marks and deletions, which I found particularly interesting as they are seldom seen and serve to personalise the story.

The book concludes with a small section outlining what happened to the main characters after the battery returned home, and Alfred’s story up to his death in 1993.

City Boys at War is definitely one for the bookshelf.

Publisher: Uniform

ISBN: 9781911604839

Hardback: 214 pages

RRP: £20

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