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Tramp in Armour Paperback – 10 Dec 1999


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; New edition edition (10 Dec 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330026860
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330026864
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 235,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Saxby VINE VOICE on 6 Jun 2008
Format: Paperback
If you've read any of Colin Forbes' generally dire later novels, you'll probably never bother revisiting his early work (or if you like the later ones, you'll probably NOT like the early ones).

I discovered Colin Forbes back in the 70s and Tramp In Armour sticks in my mind as a really good novel. As someone said, it's not wham-bam Sven Hassel stuff, but is a great novel which pulls no punches as it develops.

The futility, tragedy and heroism of war is quietly and intelligently explored, but the book's a great read, too.

This book reminds me in many ways of some of Nevil Shute's books (another great author who's unfairly fallen out of fashion) in its quiet style, although it lacks the character interplay that Shute excels at.

Other early novels, like Year of the Golden Ape, are good, too and I tolerated Forbes' later rubbish for far too long in the hope that each new book would be a return to his early, much better form.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John on 13 July 2004
Format: Paperback
Like i have said before if you dont like BS in your war novellas then this is for you. Compelling characters whom are realistic and likable. If you want war fiction at its most movable then this is for you, otherwise stick to Sven Hassel. This is not a happy ending. You get attached to the characters who one by one succumb to the inevitable in war. If you dont like it stick to sergeant cobb stories where everyone lives happily ever after. You have been warned.
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By James on 20 July 2012
Format: Paperback
Tramp in ArmourTramp in ArmourThis world war 2 novel tells the story about a British tank crew who end up isolated and behind enemy lines after Germany invaded France in 1940. Its exciting, well written, with believable characters and plenty of action as the tank crew dodges German aircraft, lorries filled with infantry, fifth columnist and a sinister SS officer.
Rather than simply heading for home, Barnes the tank commander, seeks out a target to strike a blow against an enemy.
More of the same please.
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