What makes this WWII book remarkable?
1. It gives a rare, first-hand account of a British Indian Army officer's WWII service in India, Ceylon and Italy.
2. It is a stunning collector's item with 240-pages of original and compelling war photos, maps of war journeys, a timeline, family trees and fascinating accomplishments enclosed in an attractive hard cover.
3. It rouses thoughtfulness and discussion for all ages at a time when most of our war veterans have passed away and need to be remembered.
4. It provides a point of inspiration to gather your own family history close and become your own story-teller.
5. It reminds us of the courage and sacrifice our veterans made to shape the world we live in today.
The book is divided into three parts:
Part I is William Douglas Land’s War Journal, a rare, first-hand account of a British Indian Army officer's WWII service in India, Ceylon and Italy.
Part II is the story of Bill’s upbringing in Scotland and England, and his adult life in Canada, leading to his untimely, tragic death.
Part III traces Bill’s paternal and maternal family histories, which include his relatives’ military achievements in both world wars, as well as the lauded accomplishments of prominent horticulturists, botanists and an actress in the family, in Ireland and Australia.
Bill, outside D Wing. Lucknow
"God grant that we beat this menace to all freedom, and that we get the chance (to) revenge the persecution of the Poles, Czechs etc."
An April 1941 entry in William Douglas Land’s War Journal, page 21