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They don't make them like 'Pip' Roberts anymore.

His story is a honest and straight forward. The text is short and to the point and yet captures important details and is fun to read, as well as sad in places.

For an armchair general it is valuable in the details he gives and a frank description of units and quality of tanks. I have read a fair bit of books about the war in the Desert and feel that this book does fill in the gaps in a very good way. I also feel that the book gives a good account of an officers life. Everything you could wish for is there, the workings and goings of an army in the field, strengths of units and individual tanks. One of the best descriptions of the Battle of Alam el Halfa and also a good idea of being in a tank that is brewed up, although I dearsay it is an understated account of men dying and being burned badly. But that is the generation of 'Pip'. It also expains very well why the Desert Rats were initially in a secondary role during the 2nd Battle of El Alamein. But the book continues from there and we follow 'Pip' Robert to NW Europe where he becomes the youngest divisional commander in the British Army.

I strongly recommend this book to armchair generals and wargamers. I also feel that this book and Jake Wardrop's Diary: A Tank Regiment Sergeant's Story compliment each other.
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on 20 May 2015
It was fine
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