CASSINO TO TRIESTE
by E.B. “Scotch” Paterson M.C.
Softcover, 216 pages, B/W maps. Published by Blanchard Press Ltd, 89, Great Barrier Road, Waiheke Island, Auckland. RRP $33.00 plus P+P
Reviewed by Paul Harrison
On initial examination the book appeared to be yet another account of a soldiers war in the Italian campaign from 1944 – 1945. However, “Scotch” has managed to take the reader, with no personal knowledge of these days, into the battle lines of 22 Battalion 2NZEF with vivid descriptions of everyday activities. His memories of the many facets of the warfare during the Italian seasons from snow and mud, to heat and dust are intriguing. A soldier, who resigned his pre-war territorial commission so he could go overseas, was quickly promoted and commissioned in the field. The award of the Military Cross is indicative of his bravery and courage.
A great companion to the bookshelves of all those interested in the WWII Italian campaign.