With the SAS – Across the Rhine into the heart of Hitler’s Third Reich written by Ian Wellsted and published by Frontline Books – £19.99 – Hardback – Pages 155

With the SAS – Across the Rhine is the story of the latter part of Captain Ian Wellsted’s military career with SAS. He commanded a Jeep patrol during Operation Archway, which was a British Special Forces mission to directly support the advancement of the 21st Army group into Germany. Welsted would eventually be injured under heavy crossfire. This is his very personal account and reveals the very harrowing stresses and strains these men are forced to take on.

Wellsted comes across as a gritty no-nonsense type of guy, the type that the SAS are famous for having. This book is quite revealing about how the SAS used to go about their business and is definitely one for the SAS enthusiast. Some of the info about weapons and tactics will go down and how their influence on other units like the French and Belgium was strong. Overall this was a good book, certainly one for the enthusiast for sure and I would certainly recommend it to those people. A good read and one for those that like their gritty everyday soldier books.

By Ben Davidson

Hello, I have been studying all aspects of history for about 25 years. I have a BA History from the University of Bedfordshire. My historical areas of interest are anything really, but I specialise in 19th - 20th century Britain, America and Ireland. I am also strongly aligned with most military history, really enjoying WW2 and the US Civil War. Chuck in the king or queen and Bob's your uncle.