Private Papers of Captain W G Caines

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  • Documents.306
  • File: Weight 5.2 kg
private papers

History note

Catalogue date 1990-04-06

History note

Cataloguer SNR

Content description

Detailed ts diary (113pp) recording his service as a NCO, later commissioned in the field, with the Signals Platoon, 4th Battalion The Dorsetshire Regiment, 130th Brigade, 43rd (Wessex) Division, in North West Europe, June 1944 - May 1945, and his experiences including: Normandy, June - August 1944; Arnhem, September - October 1944; the Netherlands, November 1944 - January 1945; the Reichswald, February 1945; the crossing of the Rhine, March 1945; and the advance across Germany, April - May 1945; and describing the poor conditions, strenuous duties, training, heavy casualties, the development of wireless, the shortages of specialists for Signals, and the entertainment of the troops. Also included are two brief ms pocket diaries for 1944 (105pp) and 1945 (119pp); newspaper cuttings concerning Arnhem, the Dorsetshire Regiment, and 43rd Division; a Supplement to the London Gazette, 12 April 1988 (2pp); and documents concerning the 4th Battalion The Dorsetshire Regiment including: his account of "The Attack on Borne" (2pp); a Roll of Honour, 1939 - 1945 (5pp); Service at the unveiling of a War Memorial, 1939 - 1945 (16pp); the War History, 'From Normandy to the Weser' by G J B Watkins, employing his diary, June 1944 - May 1945; a group photograph of officers; and a portrait photograph of Caines in uniform, 1944.

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