Underwood recieves the call
to join the army.
for the Suffolk Regiment.
The Suffolk Regiment is secretly preparing
for the invasion of Normandy
in two years time.
The Suffolk Regiment negotiating barbed-wire obstacles during training on the beach at Sandbanks near Poole.
King George VI inspects men of the Suffolk Regiment during a tour of Western Command.
The Normandy Landings
take place on the beaches of Northern France
They mark the beginning of the successful
Allied invasion of German-occupied Western Europe
during World War II.
Robert F. Sargent
Into the Jaws of Death
Back in January 1942 however,
Underwood is undergoing a standard
“I remember I had attended
an Army Medical
at St. Albans...”
“After a very thorough examination
by several doctors...
I was passed ‘A1’”
*A1: ‘fit for general service’
“It was a severe winter that year…
and much of our training…”
“...was in atrocious weather…”
“I had been unwell before joining up…”
soon became worse…”
“…after a few weeks,
I collapsed on the rifle range
at Bury St. Edmunds…”
“...and was taken to the Army Hospital...”
“I remember feeling very tired and ill,
and had no real wish to recover…”
“In the middle of the night
I woke to find myself being held up in bed…”
and several nurses
were fussing round me…”
“...but I didn’t really want to know…”
“...I just wanted to go back to sleep…”
“In the morning
a wide-eyed nurse asked me how I felt.
I said I was alright - why?”
‘You nearly died last night..
“From then on I began to get better,
but it seemed that there had been a weakness
in my chest…”
No Common Task
In order to properly regain his health,
Underwood is taken to Rushbrooke Hall in Suffolk,
where he discovers reports of strange activity...