Captured at Arnhem: From Railwayman to Paratrooper by Norman Hicks

By Norman Hicks

Tom Hicks' tale starts off whilst he joins the LMS instantly from college and follows his adolescence at the railways within the Thirties, via enlistment, education as a paratrooper, wartime provider, imprisonment and his go back to the LMS as an engine driving force. 

Tom volunteered for warfare provider in 1939 and used to be first and foremost positioned within the army railway of the Royal Engineers. looking for experience, he effectively utilized to affix the newly shaped 1st Parachute Squadron of the Royal Engineers. The depth and rigours of parachute education are defined intimately, as are the comradeship and humour that got here to the fore as this small 150-man unit fought through the moment international battle as a part of the first Parachute Brigade. the buzz of the 1st parachute jumps are relived including the parachute operations in North Africa, Sicily and the conflict of Arnhem. It used to be the following after 9 days' struggling with along with his buddies falling round him that Tom was once wounded and brought prisoner. Following the conflict, Tom was once transported in a livestock truck to Germany the place he used to be used as pressured labour in a lead mine till being liberated via the american citizens in 1945.

With insightful observation from Tom's son Norman, this is often the tale of a normal soldier, who used to be encouraged through satisfaction in his unit. It used to be this that may no longer permit him go away the military while he was once two times given the chance to come back domestic to help the suffering railway procedure. Tom has stated his studies with a willing eye and the feel of humour that has constantly enabled him to triumph within the face of adversity.

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