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Title
A soldier's story
Author
Mike Wood
format
Hardback
Publisher
Robinson
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20200430

'This captivating account . . . is the story of an ordinary soldier, but an extraordinary man. I commend this book most warmly.'
Richard Dannatt, General The Lord Dannatt GCB CBE MC DL, Chief of the General Staff 2006-9

'The amazing account of a young man, Neville 'Timber' Wood, who, despite fighting in many of the major engagements of the Second World War, including Dunkirk, El Alamein and D-Day, survived to become a much-loved husband and father . . . brilliantly written . . . I highly recommend it'
Eleanor Tomlinson

The son of a Hull butcher, Neville 'Timber' Wood volunteered in 1939, at the age of eighteen, to join the British Army's Tyne-Tees 50th Northumbrian Division. Timber was in many ways an entirely unremarkable soldier - he won no medals for gallantry, though he exhibited conspicuous bravery day after day, for years, and he rose no higher through the ranks than Lance Corporal. Nonetheless, he had an extraordinary war. As a driver for the Royal Army Service Corps, Timber's job was to get
ammunition and high explosives to the front line. It was a job with a high casualty rate, sometimes higher than front-line troops.


The 50th Division was the principal fighting division of the British Army in the Second World War. Four men of the 50th were awarded Victoria Crosses, more than any other division. It was last off the beach at Dunkirk and the first back on it on D-Day; the division was at the heart of El Alamein and the major actions which followed; it took part in the invasion of Sicily and fought all the way from Normandy to Germany, where Timber saw first-hand the horrors of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.


Timber's story is pretty much the British war experience from the point of view of an ordinary soldier. He was even captured, saw Rommel and escaped. This book, written by his son Mike, is based on Neville's extensive wartime diaries and original documents he retained from the war as well as on long conversations between the two of them when Mike transcribed the diaries as a gift for his father in 2006. Timber died in 2015.

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MIKE WOOD is the youngest of Timber's three sons, the one to whom he
talked extensively about the war. Timber kept diaries throughout the war and many original documents. When Mike transcribed the diaries in 2006 it led to a flood of reminiscences. A Soldier's Story is the memoir that emerged from Timber's diaries and stories. It is Mike's first book.

A time when innocent lives were threatened by a ruthless enemy, when people of all ages lived in fear. Sound familiar? No it's not 2020, but 1939, and a generation of young men and women rallied to the cause to fight fascism, oppression and tyranny so that future generations could have their freedom and hopefully live in peace. A Soldier's Story is the amazing account of one such young man, Neville 'Timber' Wood, who, despite fighting in many of the major engagements of the Second World War, including Dunkirk, El Alamein and D-Day, survived to become a much-loved husband and father. It's brilliantly written and recounts the courage, determination, dedication and, somewhat surprisingly, the humour of the soldiers involved. I highly recommend it.
Eleanor Tomlinson

Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
World War, 1939-1945 - Personal narratives, British.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
xvii, 302 , 16 unnumbered of plates

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