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on 5 February 2013
One of the most difficult battles to understand and follow in the history of the Second World war is Operation Crusader and the Sidi Rezegh battles. It is a very confusion operation and after reading major Robert Crisps "Brazen Chariots" you realize that if it is difficult for you with all available history at you disposal it was almost impossible to be a participant and get the overall picture.

This book is about tank warfare in the Western Desert during Operation Crusader. Major Crisp served as a troop and squadron commander and in the light tank M3 Honey (Stuart). It is written as a sort of diary during a month up until he was wounded and had to be evacuated. It is a very personal account and it is a terrific read. You get to follow him and his unit into numerous tank battles and the picture he paints is probably very close to the truth. Major Crisp writes honestly and with a lot of humor and you can't just put the book down. This is a tank warfare classic and a book you will remember for a very long time.

Two minor observations. He writes in two places that his tank was hit by 30 mm antitank rounds. The Problem is that neither Germans nor the Italians had any 30 mm guns. He must have meant 50 mm. The Other thing is a little more strange. As far as I know the commander of a M3 Honey was also the loader since the turret had only two crew members (Commander and gunner). There is no information at all about him loading the guns. Did his gunner really load himself? That would have reduced rate of fire a lot since it takes time to reload the tank gun or the machine gun and them relocate the target.

But if you are interested in the Desert War and/or in tank warfare this book is one of the most essential you can find.
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on 3 August 2008
I read this book some 30 years ago. It is the story of a south african fast bowler who became the commander of the 'Honey' tank in the late 1941 desert campaign. It is an all action account of an aggressive tank commander fighting the devastating firepower of the 88mm anti tank gun, the MarkIV and Mark111 panzer tanks. A great and exciting read.
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on 15 May 2009
I'd heard this book mentioned positively by many cognoscenti of military history and armored warfare. It is a facinating read, full of interesting details and gives perhaps a better sense of the events (from the standpoint of squadron/tropp commander) surroundign Operation Crusader than any other book. It shoudl appeal both to serious military history buffs and people simply interested in one man's experience of war.
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on 12 April 2013
Superb account of the North African desert campaign by a tank commander who was also a South African Test cricketer. Poignant and brilliant in its writing and detail. Should be a best seller.
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on 29 March 2015
spare,clear prose .truth in every line.those little american tanks were better than nothing.courage and skill made them effective,despite the pop gun armament.but by god they made us pay back every last penny for them;i suppose they needed it to give to the germans.
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on 24 October 2014
Great book and very easy to read
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on 25 March 2015
Great book
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