Leakey's Luck: A Tank Commander with Nine Lives Hardcover – 20 May 1999
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Lieutenant Colonel George Forty OBE. FMA is an acclaimed author of many military history books, including The British Army Handbook. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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The entire book is interesting because he lived such an interesting and full life. It also shows well how commanders are posted to various units as they climb the ranks of promotion. For those with interst in WW2 military history both the personal account and successful introduction into each chapter by George Forty will show you how flawed the British Army's conduct of tank warfare could be to the end, since many of the tanks superior commanders had no real experience and were before Cavalry Officers.
But it is the personal account that shines, even in "peaceful" postings Leakey finds his way to high adventure and once on leave he managed to get back to his old unit and became a turret gunner in a Grant tank during the battles of Gazala. During the siege of Tobruk he had himself reassigned to the Australian infantry and during one of his perimiter exploits won the Military Cross. In fact it seems he was everywhere worthy of note and it reads really well. It has been some time since I finished a book so fast.
It comes with my best recommendations - but for those interested I also recommend you look up Tanks Across The Desert - a book based on the diary of Jake Wardrop also edited by George Forty as I find these two books compliment each other very well, Leaky was a officer but Jake was a common soldier. Both make for excellent reading. Also since both are unavialble through amazon I suggest you try other sellers through amazon so far they have worked very well for me.
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