It was just before dawn one miserable morning 
in black forty-four 
when the forward commander was told to sit tight 
when asked that his men be withdrawn 
And the generals gave thanks as the other ranks 
held back the enemy tanks - for a while 
And then the Anzio beachhead was held for the price 
of a few hundred ordinary lives  
And kind old King George sent mother a note 
when he heard that father was gone 
It was, I recall, in the form of a scroll 
with golden leaf and all 
And I found it one day in a drawer of old 
photographs hidden away 
And my eyes still grow damp to remember 
His Majesty signed with his own rubber stamp  
It was dark all around 
There was frost in the ground 
When the tigers broke free 
And no one survived from the Royal Fusiliers Company C 
They were all left behind 
Most of them dead 
The rest of them dying 
And that's how the High Command took my Daddy from me

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