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The Black Devils' March - A Doomed Odyssey - The 1st Polish Armoured Division 1939-45 Hardcover – 1 Nov 2004

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Helion & Company; 1st edition (1 Nov. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1874622426
  • ISBN-13: 978-1874622420
  • Product Dimensions: 31.3 x 22.6 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 895,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Before I begin this review I must confess that I know the author and therefore am likely to be a bit biased in his favour so feel free to take the review with a pinch of salt if you like.
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.
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I did find the title of this book a bit misleading. As my Father served in the 1st Tank Regiment, 1st Polish Armoured Division I was looking forward to more details of the 1st Tank Regiments movements as well as the movements of all the other the main units in the 1st Polish Armoured, in order to help me place together events I remember my Father speaking about.

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.
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To say that I enjoyed "The Black Devils March" wouldn't be quite right. It is a harrowing account of unremitting horror and suffering but the narrative of the unfolding tragedy is so compelling that you are drawn back to the book until its conclusion. The book has all the technical insight and personal drama of "Stalingrad".
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.
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