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    Jemima Fawr
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    I’ve recently received a copy of ‘The Waist-High Cornfield: The story of the 46 Royal Marine Commando and the Battle for Rots in Normandy’ by Keith Taylor today and WOW!  What a book!  It’s instantly become one of my favourite Normandy books and reminds me very much of the equally-excellent ‘Breaking The Panzers’ by Kevin Baverstock.

    352 A4 pages – full colour throughout, is beautifully bound in hardback and is a satisfyingly weighty tome!  £46.50 including p&p.

    Like ‘Breaking The Panzers’, ‘The Waist-High Cornfield’ is written as a homage by a son to his veteran father, who fought in a key Normandy battle.  Similarly, the book covers the formation of the unit, the initial training and build-up over several years to that single day of battle.  Again, like ‘Breaking The Panzers’, the production quality is absolutely stunning and makes good use of period photos, documents and detailed aerial recce photos in lieu of tactical maps.

    Taylor weaves in a great many accounts from the other veterans of 46 RM Commando, as well as veterans from the 12th SS ‘Hitlerjuegend’ Panzer Division and the Canadian Fort Garry Horse Armoured Regiment, as well as the local inhabitants of Rots and the surrounding farms and villages.  He’s also done some excellent battlefield-detective work in creating some magnificent then-and-now shots, using a famous sequence of 12th SS photos, as well as some less well-known Allied photos.

    Sadly, this magnificent book will only see very limited distribution, as no major publisher was interested and it was privately published by Keith Taylor himself (to an incredibly high standard), with only a few hundred copies being printed.  I understand that there is a second book in the pipeline, covering the rest of 46 RM Commando’s war.

    Drop Keith an e-mail at  [email protected] for the ordering details.

    Here are some exerpts.  The ‘blended’ then & now shots are exceptionally well done – an example being the last picture here:

    • This topic was modified 3 years, 4 months ago by Jemima Fawr.

    My wargames blog: http://www.jemimafawr.co.uk/

    #83845
    John D Salt
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    Dammit, more expense.

    All the best,

    John.

    #83849
    L L
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    That looks brilliant.

    L

    #83858
    Jemima Fawr
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    I’ve edited the above: There’s no point PMing me, as I can’t access my PMs.

    I’ve therefore added Keith Taylor’s e-mail address – he’s already posted this address in public on a few forums as the contact address for ordering the book, so it’s ok.

    My wargames blog: http://www.jemimafawr.co.uk/

    #83864
    L L
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    Ta for that. I read The Battle for Antwerp ( J.L Moulton)a little while back, not as beautifully produced but chock full of interesting info.
    The sequal to the above should make a really good addition.

    All I have to do is persuade myself to spend the money and then decide which books gotta go to make room for it, I have to run a one in one out policy these days book wise. 🙁

    L

    #84564
    deephorse
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    I wish I’d never seen this because I have to buy a copy now!

    Less enthusiasm, please. This is Britain.

    #84587
    Darkest Star Games
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    That looks incredible.  Not an area of WW2 that I have much knowledge of, but dang that book looks more than worthwhile.  I do believe I will be ordering one next week!

    "I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."

    #85153
    deephorse
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    My copy arrived yesterday and I can only echo R Mark’s comments.  A magnificent book.

    Less enthusiasm, please. This is Britain.

    #102831
    Whirlwind
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    I got this book for a friend on the recommendations here and he was absolutely delighted with it – many thanks.

    https://hereticalgaming.blogspot.co.uk/

    #102840
    kavita1
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    Many thanks for the hat tip – will definitily be ordering a copy

    #102845
    Jemima Fawr
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    Brilliant!  The boys actually wargamed it at Bovington back in the summer, using my old scenario, amended with info from the book.  Typically, I had to go to a wedding that weekend… 🙁

    My wargames blog: http://www.jemimafawr.co.uk/

    #102858
    grizzlymc
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    Choice between a wargame and a wedding and you chose the WEDDING? What were you thinking?

    #102860
    Jemima Fawr
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    Choice between a wargame and a wedding and you chose the WEDDING? What were you thinking?

    I wouldn’t have fingers with which to type this if I hadn’t gone… 🙁

    My wargames blog: http://www.jemimafawr.co.uk/

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