The son of a South Nottinghamshire war veteran is publishing his father’s memoirs posthumously, to mark the 75thanniversary of the end of the conflict in North Africa.
The book, ‘Memoirs of a Not Too Serious Hussar’, written by Dennis Middleton decades after he served in WW2, details not only the horrors, but also the humour of his experience in combat.
Dennis describes how, as war approached, he joined the South Notts Hussars, a Territorial Army artillery unit, and his subsequent early training, with affectionate portrayals of his comrades also recruited from the area. He goes on to paint a vivid picture of his experiences in the Western Desert, where he served in the 8th Army.
Under Field Marshals Wavell and Montgomery, he fought in six major battles, including the siege of Tobruck, where he was taken prisoner before being released six days later.
He went on to serve in newly liberated Europe where he had more adventures, which often bordered on the surreal.
He prepared the handwritten memoir in the mid-1990s, as a record for himself and his family. It is now being published by his son Jeremy, who runs a successful investment firm, as a tribute to his father who was born and brought up in Nottingham.
Jeremy said: “When I read it I can hear my father’s voice. He didn’t talk about the war much and, although we had heard the odd story, I had no idea what it was really like until I read the book. I decided to publish it as it brings history alive by recounting at first hand the real experiences of that generation, experiences my generation has been spared, and experiences I hope and pray my children will be spared too.’’
The book has been launched on 18 May to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the end of the Battle in Tunisia, which marked the capitulation of Axis forces in North Africa. It is published by Sunderland-based Remember Media for £19.95.
Remember Media managing director Chris March says: “Memoirs of a Not Too Serious Hussar is a remarkable book: exciting, moving and often very funny. Dennis Middleton comes across as an ordinary man who was made extraordinary by the way in which he rose to the challenges of war. His essential humanity is always present, and his sense of the ridiculous is never far away.’’Back to News
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