Shortly after D-Day, Bob Boscawen, fresh from Cambridge and Sandhurst, found himself in Normandy with his Coldstream Guards tank unit. During the months that followed, he kept a diary recording the Guards Armoured Division's almost constant activity in France, Belgium, Holland, and Germany--until, having already had three tanks shot from under him, he suffered severe burns and had to be evacuated, one of only two survivors of his crew.
Robert Boscawen joined the British Army in 1941, was commissioned into the Coldstream Guards, and later earned the Military Cross. Following a lengthy convalescence after the war and a career in business, he served in Parliament from 1970 to 1992. He lives in England.