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Tanks Across the Desert Hardcover – 23 Nov 2002


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Sutton Publishing Ltd; New edition edition (23 Nov. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750932538
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750932530
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 1.6 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 890,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Lt-Col George Forty OBE, FMA, is the author of over fifty books on military subjects. He served in the Royal Tank Regiment before leaving to become curato of the Tank Museum at Bovington in Dorset.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gisli Jokull Gislason VINE VOICE on 4 Jan. 2006
Jake Wardrop was a soldier and this book descibes the war from a standpoint of a fighting man, both battles and the life in between. George Forty has compiled Jake's diaries and writes an introduction to each chapter and togeather it all makes for an terrific read.
Jake fought with the 5 Royal Tank Regiment which from the Desert War in North Africa was part of the 7th Division, better known as the Desert Rats. With them he fought at every major confrontation in North Africa, on to Italy and then landed in Northen Europe on D-day and fought until the end. Jake died when there was less than a month left of the war in Europe (for reasons unknown it appears that Jake did not keep a diary in Northern Europe or if he did it was not found. Forty does write how Jake met his end.)
The chapters are: 1. Arrival - 2. Crusader - 3. Gazala - 4. El Alamein - 5. The End in Africa - 6. Homs - 7. Italy - The Last Battle.
The book also has sections explaining troop formations, weapons and equipment and real life characters, all off which are easy to read and informative.
Interesting as this is and a good read, a lot of the quality of the book comes from getting to know Jake himself and in his own words: He was quite a lad.
Reading the book is to travel back in time and see the war through the eyes of Jake Wardrop as well as getting to know the man himself and I was awed by the reading. I don't think Jake intended to have his diary published so he wrote for himself and thereby it is very honest. I will end with a quote, the track has been blown of Jake's tank by artillery during Operation Crusader and they are stranded in no mans land, their squadron continues and the artillery barrage follows them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By U. Reder on 19 July 2013
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Fearless Jim was my Uncle, a very handsome, special honourable brave and loyal Englishman. I remember him so well. I have not read this book yet but it is in the wings to do so in my home. I know it will also be very interesting and I am greatly looking forward to dong so. My Father Peter Sturdee was along side Jim Hutton and survived the war also with Michael Hutton, Jim's baby brother a volunteer aged 17 years who did to survive. All three were in the Desert Rats in the tanks!
Undine Sturdee. (niece/daughter)
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George Forty brings his vast experience of tank warfare into an interesting and detailed account of a tank crew and their experiences.
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Outstanding account and edition in many ways! 10 Sept. 2013
By Aman - Published on Amazon.com
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This edition of Jake Wardrop's war diary is the second, and it has outstanding presentation, notes, interpolations, guidance, history, authenticity, everything. Forty presents the story of the diary itself, something of the 5th Royal Tank Regiment [5RTR] and even the Forward has a quick touch from a famous man. There are wonderful pictures, and where the diary is a bit unclear, too personal or very much in need of a view of the greater picture, Forty presents it.

This edition should have appeal to historians of memoirs as well as historians of WWII, and to the casual reader as well as the enthusiast. The book itself is nicely bound and high quality. At nearly $30 retail, getting it for the Amazon price is quite the steal!

Highly recommended along with Brazen Chariots, Take these Men, Alamein to Zem Zem, and Sands of Valour. All different, all of great worth.
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