Only the Enemy in Front

The Recce Corps at War 1940-46

The first comprehensive history of the Reconnaissance Corps, which was founded in 1940 and disbanded in 1946 after serving with distinction in every theatre of the Second World War. This is the story of an elite force from its inception following Dunkirk through to victory in Europe four-and-a-half years later. Les mer
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The first comprehensive history of the Reconnaissance Corps, which was founded in 1940 and disbanded in 1946 after serving with distinction in every theatre of the Second World War. This is the story of an elite force from its inception following Dunkirk through to victory in Europe four-and-a-half years later. The campaigns in Singapore, Egypt and the Western Desert, Tunisia, Sicily, Italy, Burma and North-West Europe are all represented in this book (included a battalion with Wingate's Chindits and a squadron at Arnhem), and many actions are covered in some detail to illustrate the special nature of the work of a reconnaissance regiment in the field.

Throughout the book the theme of the important of reconnaissance is developed and the unique ethos of the Corps that made them an elite force in their day is given due credit. Many actions are covered in some detail to illustrate the special nature of a reconnaissance regiment in the field. It should be remembered that members of the Recce Corps were more heavily armed than any other type of unit - with good reason!

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Introductionviii
Acknowledgementsix




Formation

1(6)




Finding a Role

7(9)




The Middle East

16(16)




Tunisia -- 56 Recce Clear the Way

32(14)




Tunisia -- The Struggle Continues

46(9)




Tunisia -- Race to Victory

55(10)




Sicily -- Short and Sharp

65(5)




Into Italy

70(13)




Singapore -- First Blood

83(6)




Turning Point at Kohima

89(14)




Jungle Green -- Burma Warriors

103(15)




Royal Armoured Corps

118(2)




Italy -- Tough Old Gut

120(18)




The Normandy Invasion

138(15)




Battle for Normandy

153(13)




The Break Out

166(15)




Operation Market Garden

181(14)




Into the Low Countries

195(13)




Another Italian Winter

208(17)




The End in Italy -- Greek Interlude

225(12)




North--West Europe -- The Left Flank

237(13)




The Rhine Crossing

250(9)




Race to Victory

259(14)




The Corps Disbands

273(3)
Appendices276(18)
Notes294(6)
Index300

Om forfatteren

Historian, writer and broadcaster Richard Doherty has numerous published articles and eighteen books to his credit, including None Bolder: The History of the 51st Highland Division in the Second World War. He has researched and presented several highly acclaimed series for BBC Radio Ulster as well as researching and presenting TV programmes on the Battle of the Boyne. A member of military historical societies in the UK, Ireland and the USA, he is a trustee on the Regimental Museum of the Royal Irish Fusiliers and of the Royal Irish Regimental Museum.