07/02/2018 at 02:37 #83820
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:
My wargames blog: http://www.jemimafawr.co.uk/07/02/2018 at 09:17 #83845John D SaltParticipant
Dammit, more expense.
All the best,
John.07/02/2018 at 09:36 #83849L LParticipant
That looks brilliant.
L07/02/2018 at 11:12 #83858
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/07/02/2018 at 12:29 #83864L LParticipant
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. 🙁
L15/02/2018 at 11:45 #84564
I wish I’d never seen this because I have to buy a copy now!
Play is what makes life bearable - Michael Rosen15/02/2018 at 15:22 #84587Darkest Star GamesParticipant
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..."22/02/2018 at 14:19 #85153
My copy arrived yesterday and I can only echo R Mark’s comments. A magnificent book.
Play is what makes life bearable - Michael Rosen31/10/2018 at 16:04 #102831WhirlwindParticipant
I got this book for a friend on the recommendations here and he was absolutely delighted with it – many thanks.31/10/2018 at 17:41 #102840kavita1Participant
Many thanks for the hat tip – will definitily be ordering a copy31/10/2018 at 18:28 #102845
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/31/10/2018 at 21:24 #102858grizzlymcParticipant
Choice between a wargame and a wedding and you chose the WEDDING? What were you thinking?31/10/2018 at 23:47 #102860
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/30/12/2021 at 18:16 #166540
Just to update the above, the sequel to this utterly superb book, entitled ’46 Royal Marine Commando: Broken Bridges – Rivers To Cross (from Normandy to the German Baltic Coast)’ has now been published on a VERY limited print run and is available from the author for £55, including postage.
My wargames blog: http://www.jemimafawr.co.uk/31/12/2021 at 18:01 #166581
Play is what makes life bearable - Michael Rosen31/12/2021 at 18:36 #166584
My wargames blog: http://www.jemimafawr.co.uk/02/01/2022 at 11:17 #166612
Well I already had volume 1. And I was sent such a nice email pointing out how incomplete my life would be without #2 that I just had to get it.
But seriously, they are wonderful books, and valued additions to my library.
Play is what makes life bearable - Michael Rosen06/04/2022 at 18:07 #171064Mark LutherParticipant
Thanks so much for recommending these book! Not a lot out there on the battle for Rots and the Aller ops in Germany. If you are a wargamer that appreciates tactical battles, these are fantastic.
Mark07/04/2022 at 21:44 #171110Darkest Star GamesParticipant
I too bought both publications and had a nice correspondence with the author. They really are fantastic books!
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