It’s January 1944 and we’re on the south coast of England. The Fifth Battalion, Wessex Regiment is waiting patiently and nervously for the order to embark. They’re a mixed lot, coming from many different walks of life – but it’s cold, and there is boredom and fear, and comedy and pathos as the men find common ground in awaiting the order to move. Alexander Baron served as an infantryman, and he uses beautifully descriptive observations to convey the strengths and weaknesses of these characters … where they’ve come from, and how they’ll all face what lies ahead. From The City, From The Plough is a vivid and moving account of the fate of these men as they set off for Normandy and advance into France.