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The East Surreys were in near continuous action from November 1942 when they landed in North Africa Operation TORCH through to May 1945 Armistice By that time they had cleared the Germans from Tunisia taken part in Operation HUSKY the Sicily invasion TORCH and fought up through Italy as far as River PoTrained as mountain troops the East Surreys saw bitter action in the Atlas Mountains on the slopes of Mount Etna and Monte Cassino and in the unforgiving hills and valleys of the Apennines They were called upon to cross many rivers often opposed by a determined enemy culminating in the River Po and its huge exposed and waterlogged valleyVeterans stories illustrate the horrendous nature of the East Surreys task whether in set piece formation battles or patrol actionsEspecially interesting is the part played by Lieutenant John Woodhouse who commanded the Surreys Battle Patrol His experiences enable this fine officer to revolutionize SAS training and tactics in the 1950s and 1960s in Malaya and Africa and he is credited with revitalizing the SAS when in grave danger of being disbandedThis story of the East Surreys shows how a single battalion can make a huge difference It also gives the reader a better understanding of the campaigns involvedThe East Surreys were in near continuous action from November 1942 when they landed in North Africa Operation TORCH through to May 1945 ArmisticeBy that time they had cleared the Germans from Tunisia taken part in Operation HUSKY the Sicily invasion TORCH and fought up through Italy as far as River PoTrained as mountain troops the East Surreys saw bitter action in the Atlas Mountains on the slopes of Mount Etna and Monte Cassino and in the unforgiving hills and valleys of the ApenninesThey were called upon to cross many rivers often opposed by a determined enemy culminating in the River Po and its huge exposed and waterlogged valleyVeterans stories illustrate the horrendous nature of the East Surreys task whether in set piece formation battles or patrol actionsEspecially interesting is the part played by Lieutenant John Woodhouse who commanded the Surreys Battle PatrolHis experiences enable this fine officer to revolutionize SAS training and tactics in the 1950s and 1960s in Malaya and Africa and he is credited with revitalizing the SAS when in grave danger of being disbandedThis story of the East Surreys shows how a single battalion can make a huge differenceItalso gives the reader a better understanding of the campaigns involvedThe East Surreys were in near continuous action from November 1942 when they landed in North Africa Operation TORCH through to May 1945 ArmisticeBy that time they had cleared the Germans from Tunisia taken part in Operation HUSKY the Sicily invasion TORCH and fought up through Italy as far as River PoTrained as mountain troops the East Surreys saw bitter action in the Atlas Mountains on the slopes of Mount Etna and Monte Cassino and in the unforgiving hills and valleys of the ApenninesThey were called upon to cross many rivers often opposed by a determined enemy culminating in the River Po and its huge exposed and waterlogged valleyVeterans stories illustrate the horrendous nature of the East Surreys task whether in set piece formation battles or patrol actionsEspecially interesting is the part played by Lieutenant John Woodhouse who commanded the Surreys Battle PatrolHis experiences enable this fine officer to revolutionize SAS training and tactics in the 1950s and 1960s in Malaya and Africa and he is credited with revitalizing the SAS when in grave danger of being disbandedThis story of the East Surreys shows how a single battalion can make a huge differenceItalso gives the reader a better understanding of the campaigns involved