8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 13 July 2001
Autobiography of a regular soldier of 8 RTR. He joins up pre-war as a Trooper and eventually becomes a Squadron Commander. This is about his experiences campaigning through North Africa, the Middle East and Italy. His unit conducts operations and supports various other units, including some humourous incidents working with the Polish Corp.
Very well written and easy to read. If you enjoyed reading Ken Touts' books "Tank" or "Tank Advance",then you will love this book. Maj.Stuart Hamilton makes you quite comfortable, placing you alongside him in the turret. A very honest, open frank and quite often even humourous account. It gives the reader the view from the turret, and it includes the feel, the fears and the courage as well. This is very highly recommended book to read.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 24 July 2009
Armoured Odyssey is a unique insight into a British tank commander's personal experience, during the Second World War. The author graphically describes life and action from the turret of his tank, as if you're there with him. His honest account clearly illustrates his state of mind through his gruelling ordeal, and you are left with no doubt to his sheer bravery - and how much we owe to him and his kind.
Campaigns cover the deserts of North Africa, a spell in Palestine and Syria, and finally the gruelling crawl up through Italy until the end of the war. There are some amazing insights and accounts of tactics and situations throughout; supported by numerous photographs of the time and many detailed maps of the battles fought.
This hardback is of the highest quality and a must read for anyone interested in the Second World War, Armoured vehicles, Field tactics, North Africa, and Italy.