Battle Dress by "Gun Buster"

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Battle Dress by "Gun Buster"

Post by Ken S. » 25 Mar 2019 03:36

The other day I purchased a 1941 printing of Battle Dress at a thrift store. Is there any information about the author(s)? wikipedia claims that they were "John Charles Austin and his son, Captain Richard Campion Austin (25 May 1912–13 Sept 2001), who was a captain in the Royal Artillery"

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Re: Battle Dress by "Gun Buster"

Post by Sheldrake » 25 Mar 2019 11:20

"Gun Buster" may have been an officer in 368 battery of 92 Field Regiment RA. if " Return via Dunkirk"v the first "Gun Buster" is a fictional account of the author's experiences. It includes a first hand account of the artillery support to the left hand column in the Arras Counter attack in May 1940.

It is true that after Dunkirk Artillery officers were expected to write up their experiences, either to learn lessons or keep young officers busy while the soldiers had no kit to fight with. I have a copy of the report by an officer of 51/54 battery.

Battle Dress and Zero Hour seem to be a collection of sketches that may be other people stories.Austin isn't listed in the MC book, so he can't have done all these himself!

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Re: Battle Dress by "Gun Buster"

Post by Sheldrake » 25 Mar 2019 11:32

Update: Gunbuster was Captain Richard Austin of 368 Battery, 92 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. You can buy a recording of his account here
https://www.cd41recordings.com/dunkirk_ ... 39-40.html

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Re: Battle Dress by "Gun Buster"

Post by Ken S. » 06 Apr 2019 14:32

Thank you for your reply. The recording is also on youtube and I listened to it there:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2kzs0h-PHs

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