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Captured at Arnhem : from railwayman to paratrooper
Captured at Arnhem : from railwayman to paratrooper
Hicks, Norman, 1948-2013
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Tom Hicks volunteered for war service in 1939 and was initially placed in the military railway of the Royal Engineers. In search of adventure, he successfully applied to join the newly formed 1st Parachute Squadron of the Royal Engineers. The intensity and rigours of parachute training are described in detail, as are the comradeship and humour that came to the fore as this small 150-man unit fought throughout the Second World War as part of the 1st Parachute Brigade.
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