The author was an officer who did all his active service with the sameÂ infantry company and this covers his experiences and those of hisÂ company.
Of the many books about the last war, some offer the general’s view ofÂ an entire battlefield, others have been individual experiences orÂ divisional histories. “Charlie Company” is something original, theÂ story of a rifle company of the Cameron Highlanders whose record ofÂ service in the Western Desert, Eritrea, and throughout the ItalianÂ campaign fully deserves this tribute to their courage and endurance.
Peter Cochrane joined the company as a young platoon commander in 1940.Â He won an MC in their first action in Libya, and followed this with aÂ DSO for his part in the grim assault on Keren. Badly wounded there, heÂ missed the disaster at Tobruk, but was back as company commander atÂ Monte Cassino and afterwards for the long haul up Italy. From his ownÂ experience he has told the remarkable story of a small group ofÂ soldiers of whom any country would be proud. The stresses and horrorsÂ of war are there, but so is the humour and the wonderful spirit of menÂ whose morale was somehow sustained to the very end. It is a deeplyÂ moving book.