Lion Rampant is Robert Woollcombe's graphic account of his experiences as a front-line infantry officer with the King's Own Scottish Borderers during the desperate battle for Normandy and the Allied advance into Germany.
Vividly evoking the confusion, horror and comradeship of war – from the killing fields of Normandy bocage, through house-to-house fighting in shattered Flemish towns, to the final Rhine crossing – Lion Rampant is a powerful, authentic and moving story, telling with extraordinary clarity how the author, his fellow officers and the men of his company lived through one of the most bitter campaigns in history.
Published: 6th February 2014
Format: Paperback 198x129mm
Extent: 256 pages
Robert Woollcombe was born in London in 1922 and educated at Marlborough College. He enlisted in the 60th Rifles in 1941, and was commissioned into the 6th Battalion, the King's Own Scottish Borderers in 1942, with whom he served in North-West Europe. He served with the 2nd KOSB in India from 1945-46. He association with the Regiment spanned three generations: his uncle was killed in action with the KOSB in France in 1914, and his grandfather became Colonel of the Regiment and commanded IV Army Corps which bore much of the brunt of the Battle of Cambrai in 1917. Until his death in 1996, Robert Woollcombe lived in West Sussex.
"One of the most vivid personal memoirs of the Second World War. Few writers have bettered his description of the experiences of front line infantrymen under the stress of battle."
"Lion Rampant is much more than the story of one man's war: it speaks for many, with modesty, eloquence, and a fine blend of objectivity and enthusiasm. It is a story of comradeship, endurance and sheer fighting skill.
"Perhaps the best picture – painted in dark colours shot through by the bright light of valour – that has yet been given of war."