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on 4 May 2014
Mark Urban's research and writings about the history of how the British found it necessary to initiate a massive upgrade of its Light and Heavy armoured units in the 1930's up to the outbreak of WW2 in 1939.
As a retired member of the 7th(QO)Hussars at the end of WW2 by the time they consolidated their positions in northern Italy prior to movement up through Austria into Germany to counter the threat of invasion forces from the east who claimed to be able to reach the shores of the English Channel within seven days.
Fortunately, due to the consistency and thrust of units within the 7th Armoured Division, such as the 5th RTR, continued their efforts to counter risk of invasion across the 'Iron Curtain' into NATO territory thereafter.
This book is recommended to readers who wish to revisit their previous experiences of such activities while gaining reassurance that Armoured Units, such as 5 RTR will continue to adapt by making their own rules of engagement wherever necessary.
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on 28 August 2015
This is a nicely balanced book, enough details and the global scene but also the very human details of those actually facing the ordeals, dangers and stresses. The humanity and the personal accounts shine out from the page, as this unit escapes from France in 1940 and finishes the war in Germany, with North Africa and Italy along the way.
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on 7 August 2015
A facinating insight into the experiences, thoughts and feelings of British tank crews in the Second World War. Full of human stories throughout, it really is 'the British Band of Brothers'. Also a lot of historical background into British tank design and doctrine, and the campaigns fought.
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on 3 August 2015
excellent book the best i have read so far about non German tank warfare
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on 6 May 2015
First class book about a special breed of men,although they wouldn't have thought so. What they achieved and with the equipment they had speaks volumes of these men.
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on 22 May 2017
Nice book
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on 16 November 2016
A really good tank book, I recommend it.
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on 15 October 2014
Good reading and very informative - what a bloody conflict!
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on 2 October 2013
I was proud to receive this book as my uncle is featured. He is Gerry Solomon who took part in the Tank Campaigns in this book and of whom I am exceedingly proud. Thanks for the boost!
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on 25 June 2013
I think this is probably the best book about WW2 that I have read so far. A heady mix of facts and people which illustrated time and again the useful nature of tanks on a battlefield requiring a great deal of logistics and counter measures to contain the threat they represent. Also a cunning insight into the need for precision engineering to make mechanised warfare reliable enough. Further, a fascinating insight into the political nature of the British army at the time and the restrictive nature of the regimental system. Additionally, a quick insight into the first true arms race which the Germans were so close to winning at times plus the exploding of the many myths that surrounded the early German successes and the surprising efficacy of the British counter measures, often played down or forgotten, and the bravery of tank crews who frequently survived their tank being put beyond use by enemy action and seemingly just returning to get another in order to re-join the fray. Quite uplifting in its way and a good absorbing read.
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