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5.0 out of 5 stars A man in a Churchill Tank
The Churchill Tank always seemed to be an obsolete relic in its own time rather than a worthy fighting machine but looks deceive and it had hidden talents which more than made up for its unprepossessing appearance it was a rugged machine. No matter how well armoured any tank was in 1944 its protection was bound to be totally inadequate for the lethal high velocity shell...
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3.0 out of 5 stars England to Germany in a Churchill
I bought this book on the strength of the cover really, but i have to say that a different book covering a similar topic with a far inferior cover, Ken Tout's 'By Tank', is the better of the two. Greenwood's dedication in keeping his diary in the midst of battle really must be commended, especially when his fellow troopers were spending their time entertaining the...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A man in a Churchill Tank, 16 Oct 2012
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The Churchill Tank always seemed to be an obsolete relic in its own time rather than a worthy fighting machine but looks deceive and it had hidden talents which more than made up for its unprepossessing appearance it was a rugged machine. No matter how well armoured any tank was in 1944 its protection was bound to be totally inadequate for the lethal high velocity shell the shaped charge and and the discarding sabot projectiles used by both combatants during the viciously intensive battles in Normandy in 1944. No armoured vehicle of either side which actively engaged the opposition in Normandy 1944 was going to survive for very long exposed to such an incredible degrees of firepower. The Churchill Tank comes across as being as good compromise as it was possible to enable its crew to engage the enemy with success if used with a large degree of tactical skill. This book outlines the experiences of a commander of a tank crew in a Churchill Tank Battalion during the hard won battles in Normandy and beyond.

Having started work with people who fought in the trenches of the first world war and all over the globe in the second world war this book answers many questions about these gallant men. I could paraphrase never in the field of human conflict did so many give so much for so little - in return. Having grown up remembering the severe shortages and rationing after the war the memory of shopping with our mothers trying to obtain some decent food or clothing when the war was won was this grey existence our reward. Now I know that such a ..... victory as we had was a victory we never recovered from!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent partner to "Tank Tracks", 1 Jun 2013
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Having read Peter Beale's Tank Tracks about 9RTR I never expected to have the opportunity of such an excellent diary as this. This book pairs very well indeed with Tank Tracks.

This diary give a rare perspective of life in an armoured regiment which was fully committed to infantry support from the time of landing in Normandy to cease fire in Germany. It has the typical understatement of the time which us modern readers need to allow for. Readers should be aware Sgt Greenwood was breaking serious regulations about keeping a diary which is why so few exist. One as comprehensive as this is an absolute gem.

This is a worthwhile additional to anyone's research/library about the liberation of North West Europe in 1944-45.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Private thoughts from the frontline, 11 April 2013
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Trevor's account is not of epic battles and sweeping observations on the course of the war in Europe, there are plenty of titles that will offer this. This book is written about what happens to the ordinary tank crew, the fear, the happiness, the discomfort, the conditions and of friendships made. Written in secret, as journals were against regualtions, Trevors day to day account of war is both simple and yet complex, his observations on the horrific smells in Normandy, of shattered towns and of civilians going about thier lives is wonderfully insightful. His mentions of letters to his wife, Jess, and his family too all offer the reader a chance to glimpse into the life of battle. War is never simple yet the humble tank crew sometimes never saw the 'big picture' they simply survived day to day.

This book is a worthy purchase, a shame it was not in hardback but worthy to be on anyones bookshelf, if you want a book on strategy this is not for you, if you want to understand what it was actually like then buy this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars England to Germany in a Churchill, 26 Sep 2012
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I bought this book on the strength of the cover really, but i have to say that a different book covering a similar topic with a far inferior cover, Ken Tout's 'By Tank', is the better of the two. Greenwood's dedication in keeping his diary in the midst of battle really must be commended, especially when his fellow troopers were spending their time entertaining the recently liberated local ladies, but unfortunately his prose isn't in the same league as Ken Tout's. Both books cover a similar period, Greenwood in his sturdy Churchill & Tout in his Yank Sherman and both show us the mundane existence of the tankmen punctuated by brief spells of violence, indeed much of Greenwood's diary concerns the Belgian & French civilians he meets, and his absent wife Jess, back in England sending what appears to be a letter every day. By mid way through the diary Greenwood's tank is carrying more loot then Captain Bluebeard and must have looked more like a mobile removal sevice than a Churchill, but again this kind of honest insight really makes the book. Unfortunately the final assault into Germany is covered very briefly, Greenwood evidently not having the time to chronicle the events, shame as i was looking forwward to reading about that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 17 Sep 2013
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This is an absolute must read for anyone who has the slightest interest in history and warfare. A totally honest and unique account, anyone who has served with a tank regiment will see themselves in the tank with Trevor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, 4 April 2014
I found this book to be an engrossing read. It falls into that category of books which ‘flesh out’ history in a way that can only be done by those who were there. The fact that it’s a diary makes it all the more immediate. Greenwood’s musings take us from intense battle scenes to every-day observations of the liberated people of France, Belgium and the Netherlands. I particularly enjoyed the latter as books concerning war seldom speak of the civilian cost other than in terms of statistics. All in all, this book is a valuable contribution to the collective memory written by an ordinary soldier experiencing terrible times in Europe.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a good short read., 21 Mar 2014
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I enjoyed this book because the words came from the hand that was there! There is no Hollywood type embellishment,just the way things were seen through the eyes of a combat soldier. It should be remembered that this book is a diary, not a story as such. If you keep that in mind, it is easy to see the events in your minds eye. The short history of the 9RTR at end is great for ww2 buffs after a few pints at the club meeting!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read, 30 Dec 2013
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Fascinating record of the real day to d&ay experiences of a ww tank commander. Provides real insight into the reality of the lives of the ordinary soldier in this campaign.
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5.0 out of 5 stars D-Day to Victory, 20 Jan 2013
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It's not all about hero's and Victoria Crosses as this read shows. Every day life in those extreme conditions wasn't a bed of roses. Great read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly the right present, 25 Jan 2013
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This was a Christmas present for someone who drove tank transporters during the war and he was absolutely delighted with it. Within the first few pages, however, he was thrilled to pick up one error, namely in the make of the transporter referred to by the author.
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