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    Fredd Bloggs
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    Any recommendations on books about the Independent tank brigades troops. I can find ones from the Infantry and the armoured points of view, but would be interested i  the churchill drivers view.

    #114308
    John D SaltJohn D Salt
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    There’s “Tank Twins” by the Dyson brothers, Bryan Perret’s old “Churchill”, and, if you can get hold of it, John Foley’s utterly magnificent “Mailed Fist” (surely long overdue for republication). Although it is fiction, I would also recommend Foley’s “Death of a Regiment”.

    All the best,

    John.

    #114314
    MartinRMartinR
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    I second the recommendation for John Foleys books. I picked up a second copy very cheaply after my first one fell to bits.

    Also Tank Tracks by Peter Beale, which follows the fortunes of 9th RTR.

    "Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke

    #114327
    Etranger
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    Sadly Gerry Chester’s NIH site is gone, but quite a bit of his narrative survives on other sites (WWII Talk IIRC http://ww2talk.com/index.php?threads/gerry-chester-1922-2019.76301/ ), for the Italian campaign.

    #114328
    Fredd Bloggs
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    Mailed Fists is….. expensive £93.00 and up.

     

    Other recommendations, thank you all.

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    Jemima FawrJemima Fawr
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    There’s also ‘D-Day to Victory’ by Sgt Trevor Greenwood (C Sqn, 9 RTR, 31 Tk Bde), which is a war-diary rather than a memoir.  I also see it in UK bookshops all the time at the moment.  Very interesting for the worm’s-eye perspective of serviceability rates and personnel issues within a squadron, as well as the surprisingly high rate of German air-attacks.

    My wargames blog: http://www.jemimafawr.co.uk/

    #114417
    NTMNTM
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    Tank Tracks can be read online here

    https://web.archive.org/web/20050209014857/http://www.9thrtr.com/TT/CONTENTS.HTM

    These is a great book on 6th Guards and often on sale

    6TH GUARDS TANK BRIGADE
    The Story Of Guardsmen In Churchill Tanks

     

    • This reply was modified 1 year ago by NTMNTM.
    #114439
    NTMNTM
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    Link to 34th Tank Brigade history that I could not find earlier

    https://web.archive.org/web/20050209011320/http://www.9thrtr.com/History%20of%2034%20Armd%20Bde.htm

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