James Collins

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British Armour in the Normandy Campaign by John Buckley
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top Class Analysis, 21 Oct 2005
Like most of us I thought that British armoured forces in the Second World War underperformed, largely because of poor equipment and old fashioned tactics. John Buckley in this thoroughly researched and groundbreaking study convincingly demonstrates that they actually did quite a good job in Normandy in 1944. He shows that although the Shermans and Cromwells were outgunned by some German tanks (but only about a third), they were adequate for most tasks. In any case the real difficulties in Normandy were caused by terrain and the onus of having to attack all the time. Interestingly, he argues that the Germans hit the same operating problems when attacking as did the British.
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