By Keith Douglas
'This is the one publication from the second one international struggle similar with the first-war narratives of Sassoon, Blunden or Graves... while the conflict of El Alamein all started, the poet Keith Douglas was once in Cairo with Divisional HQ. keen to not leave out the motion, he took a truck and, opposed to orders, drove to re-join his regiment. He served as a tank commander during the complete of the allied enhance throughout North Africa, and Alamein to Zem Zem (1946) is his tale. Boyishness and inexperience supply it flash-bulb immediacy... Scenes of unforgettable pity and terror unfold... every little thing, from plants carpeting the desolate tract in iciness to vanquished enemies, is noticeable with a poet's eye and the generosity of youth.' John Carey, Guardian
This Faber reveals version of Keith Douglas's vintage paintings - initially released years after his loss of life in Normandy in 1944 - features a new preface by way of the novelist Richard Skinner.
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A Schumann turret at the Gruson Works at Magdeburg. qxd:Layout 1 C 4/6/08 12:16 Page 31 OVERHEAD VIEW OF A FORTIFIED GROUP Feste Wagner, between Feste Graf-Haeseler and Feste Prinz Regent Luitpold, south of Metz. This large Feste defended the beginning of a line of crests that ran from the Seille River in a north-easterly arc around the south side of Metz. It was the closest fort to the French border. The infantry strongpoint of the Seille, on the left flank, was built at a later time. It was discovered that that part of the crest blocked the view of the other works and also any enemy approach from that side.
The small works in the Canrobert position defended the north flank. At noon on 6 September, the 5th Infantry Division advanced in three columns, one moving from Conflans north to Verneville opposite Amanvillers and St Privat. There they encountered units of Division 462 entrenched in the German forts. SS-Panzergrenadier Division. The area had been the scene of the bloody battle of Gravelotte that took place 74 years before and had forced French forces back into Metz. qxd:Layout 1 4/6/08 12:19 Page 47 small hamlet called Le Chêne, a few hundred metres north of the village of Dornot.
In the centre is the armoured battery that was completely destroyed by US engineers to test the vulnerability of the German concrete. The exact details of this study are unknown. (Marc Romanych) BELOW Fort Driant’s central barracks in December 1944 after the battle. Compare this caponier with that of Feste Kaiserin on page 58. Note also the concrete reinforcement of the lower half of the façade. (National Archives and Record Administration) 54 Division met with some resistance from Fort St Julien.
Alamein to Zem Zem by Keith Douglas