Normandy: The Search For Sidney
A dual-language, English and French in parallel columns, book about the Normandy campaign in 1944.
A dual-language, English and French in parallel columns, book about the Normandy campaign in 1944. It tells of the search for the battlefield in the Norman bocage on which Corporal Sidney Bates (no relation) of the 1st Battalion The Royal Norfolk Regiment of the British 3 Division earned the posthumous award of the Victoria Cross on August 6, 1944. It is also a 'search' for the personality of this brave cockney boy (he was 23 years old when he died) in preparation for the forthcoming biography about him to be titled: Sidney Bates, VC, A True Camberwell Boy.
The book also exposes slanders perpetrated by Daryl Zanuck in his movie of Cornelius Ryan's splendid book, The Longest Day, and by Chester Wilmot in his much-acclaimed book, The Struggle for Europe.