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Taming the Panzers: 3 RTR at War, 1914-45 Paperback – 15 May 2003


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  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Sutton Publishing Ltd; New edition edition (15 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750931973
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750931977
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 917,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Patrick Delaforce lives in Brighton (after Portugal, New York and France) and in his fifth career has just finished his 40th book `Invasion of the Third Reich'. A long time ago he fought in Normandy and then through Belgium and Holland to the Baltic. This is his 16th book about aspects of WW2. His biographies of Nelson's wife, Churchill and Hitler are being republished by Amberley Publishing of Stroud, Gloucestershire

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Patrick Delaforce ia a well known military author. His other books in this series include The Black Bull, The Fighting Wessex Wyverns, The Polar Bears, Churchill's Desert Rats and Monty's Iron Sides. He lives in Brighton.

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This is a history of 3rd Royal Tank Regiment (a battalion sized unit for those not au fait with UK Armoured regiments). It starts with a chapter of their origins in the First World War and then their subsequent peacetime evolution. 3RTR fought in the 1940 France campaign at Calais, then in Greece in 1941 followed by the western desert. They returned to the UK in late 1943 and took part in the NW Europe campaign eventually meeting up with the Russians in the Baltic.

The Author was an artillery officer (with 13 RHA) who supported 3RTR in the NW Europe campaign and this gives him a connection to those that he has written about, much of the text is based on letters and conversations with the surviving officers and men of 3 RTR.

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During the desperate days of May 1940 that ended with the fall of France, the 3rd Battalion Royal Tank Regiment was sent to Calais where it played a vital role in the week-long battle. In helping to stem the inexorable German armoured advance, the battalion was praised by Churchill for giving the British Expeditionary Force vital extra time to effect the crucial evacuation from Dunkirk`s beaches.

In the spring of 1941, 3 RTR fought the panzers once again in the ill-fated Greek campaign. They fought a costly withdrawal against the Germans, losing all their tanks, but inflicting heavy casualties. Hitler was furious: the six week Greek campaign delayed Operation "Barbarossa" which allowed the Soviets time to re-group before the Germans reached Moscow.

Following their evacuation from Greece they re-formed in Egypt and fought in the Gazala battles, Operation Crusader and then in El Alamein and contributed to the subsequent defeat of the Axis forces in North Africa.
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