By Robert Woollcombe
"One of the main vibrant own memoirs of the second one international struggle. Few writers have bettered his description of the reports of entrance line squaddies less than the tension of battle." -- Max Hastings
Lion Rampant is Robert Woollcombe's image account of his reports as a front-line infantry officer with the King's personal Scottish Borderers through the determined conflict for Normandy and the Allied enhance into Germany. Vividly evoking the confusion, horror and comradeship of warfare - from the killing fields of Normandy bocage, via house-to-house scuffling with in shattered Flemish cities, to the ultimate Rhine crossing - Lion Rampant is a robust, real and relocating tale, telling with remarkable readability how the writer, his fellow officials and the boys of his corporation lived via the most sour campaigns in history.
Robert Woollcombe used to be born in 1922 and trained at Marlborough collage. He enlisted within the sixtieth Rifles in 1941, and used to be commissioned into the sixth Battalion, the King's personal Scottish Borderers in 1942, with whom he served in north-west Europe.
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On 3 September Hunt was attacked by a Messerschmitt 109 and, but for his special axe, would not have been able to escape from his burning cockpit. The problems experienced by Hunt and Page led Rees to recommend: ‘3. That some method of jettisoning the hood be incorporated. This especially applies to Spitfire aircraft, the hoods of which seem to jam 52 RECONSTRUCTION MAKE-UP 27/7/04 10:56 Page 53 WAYNE'S G3 WAYNE'S G3: WAYNE'S JOBS:8907 - GRE T H E B U R N I N G B LU E easily and which cannot be opened at high speed.
His oxygen supply was hit, causing him to pass out but: ‘As I fainted I saw a dim red glow in front of my eyes – but I didn’t understand what this was until I came to at a lower altitude. I found that my Hurricane was not only on fire but was diving – upside down. Luckily I was hanging by my straps which enabled me to keep my face out of the flames a good deal. ’ 39 RECONSTRUCTION MAKE-UP 27/7/04 10:56 Page 40 WAYNE'S G3 WAYNE'S G3: WAYNE'S JOBS:8907 - GRE T H E R E C O N S T RU C T I O N O F WA R R I O R S Lane eventually got clear of his aircraft, probably as a result of the straps burning through, allowing him to fall out of the cockpit, but he ended up with his parachute attached to his boots.
Not only were RAF leaders firmly convinced that just such a ‘solution’ to the tank issue would be found by the RAE, but it was thought that fighter design and fighter tactics would mitigate the risk until then. 19 Furthermore the RAF believed that the form and 30 RECONSTRUCTION MAKE-UP 27/7/04 10:56 Page 31 WAYNE'S G3 WAYNE'S G3: WAYNE'S JOBS:8907 - GRE FIRE the tactics of combat in which the fighters would be engaged minimised the risk. They would be attacking self-defending bomber formations from the rear, using their superior rates of speed and climb to assemble into fixed positions behind the bombers.