served with the British Anti-tank Battery in Spain, and in World War II served in the UK and India with the rank of captain.
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To Tilt at Windmills
To Tilt at Windmills is the memoir of Briton Fred Thomas who
served with the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War
Inspired by a memorable return to Iberian
battlefields forty years later, and based on diaries kept during the
many months Thomas spent as a gunner with the British Anti-Tank
Battery, the narrative moves eloquently along a journey into the war
zone, through the several campaigns in which he fought and where he
was twice wounded, and finally to the withdrawal of the Brigades
the conflict. What distinguishes Thomas' account is the remarkable
detail provided by the diaries and the measured tone of his
reminiscence, There is, as well, the poignant inquiry of the veteran
into the shape and meaning of experience as a young soldier. The
historian Paul Preston has cited the "warmth, directness and deep
humanity" of To Tilt at Windmills, "an important
contribution to the collective memory of the war.
Notes, photographs, index
175 pp., 6.00" x 9.00", August 1996