The Black Devils' March - A Doomed Odyssey - The 1st Polish Armoured Division 1939-45 Hardcover – 1 Nov 2004
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The Black Devils March is a well writen and excellently researched acount of the actions of a little reported division in WWII. The author obviously knows his stuff and there is a great balance between the details provided and the background to set the actions in context. I have only given the book 4 stars because it is let down in parts by the less than brilliant editing but on the whole I would recomend the book to both academics and ordinary readers as well worth buying, it truly does credit to the brave men who served in the division.
However, the book tends to concentrate on the activities of 10th Mounted Rifles (10PSK) and only really mentions the 1st Tank Regt (or any other unit) when it is involved in the same action as 10PSK.The Battle of Falaise being the exception.
The Story of 10PSK is a story well worth reading and gives a great insight on how one unit moved through North West Europe and how an armoured division operated. The photos are excellent (I often found my self looking for my Father milling around in the background of a photo) as are the original military maps, it would have been nice to have seen more cross referencing of the actions to theses maps and referencing these maps to larger regional maps for those of us not familiar with the country the 1st Polish Armoured passed through. I agree with "normngrey" review and I would love to see Mr. McGilvray produce a more comprehensive follow on.
What marks this book as different from any other military history I have ever read is the degree to which McGilvray brings to prominence the nightmare, which descended upon the men of Poland. The style of McGilvrays writing is second to none. The book profoundly illustrates the remarkable efforts of the Polish military and their immensely important part played in the bringing about of the downfall of Hitler and Nazism. This book is highly recommended to anyone interested in recent history or who still thinks that war can bring anything but misery, particularly to the most vulnerable.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The promptness of delivery was very impressive. The book although second hand was in VGC. I would have liked the author to have given more details of the medal and information on... Read morePublished 14 months ago by elizabeth bridge
Black Devils March follows the journey of the 1st Polish Armoured division. As others have commented it does follow the exploits of certain elements of the division rather more... Read morePublished on 30 May 2008 by I. R. Manton
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