Brothers in Arms: One Legendary Tank Regiment's Bloody War from D-Day to VE-Day

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Brothers in Arms: One Legendary Tank Regiment's Bloody War from D-Day to VE-Day

Brothers in Arms: One Legendary Tank Regiment's Bloody War from D-Day to VE-Day

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To the men of the regiment, it didn't matter whether a battle was famous (D-Day) or obscure (Geilenkirchen). One of the most striking things about this book is the relentless nature of the fighting undertaken by the SRY, as they experienced well over 100% casualties among the tank crews in the period from June 1944 to May 1945. I must declare an interest as a devoted listener to James's podcast (with Al Murray), WHWOMYT, and have followed with great interest the development of this book and discussions about the movements of individual tanks in aerial photos on D-Day. The text was some 434 pages long but included were maps, photos, and several appendices of interesting information.

James Holland has written this book about the Sherwood Rangers, a tank regiment which made it from North Africa, to D-Day, through the tribulations of Arnhem, Geilenkirchen and into Germany. The book does not require any specialist knowledge of armoured warfare or the Second World War as James does a great job of explaining obscure terms and putting the Regiment's activities into context. He weaves the Rangers’ exploits into the larger narrative and strategy of the war, and also brings to life the German forces against whom the Rangers struggled.Informed by never-before-seen documents, letters, photographs, and other artifacts from Sherwood Rangers' families-an ongoing fraternity-and by his own deep knowledge of the war and of tank warfare, Holland offers a uniquely intimate portrait of the conflict at ground level. I had always thought that being a part of a tank corp would be the worst of all possible worlds during a war. The American-made Sherman tanks the Rangers fought in were as deadly as the shells they fired; their casualties were horrific, but their ranks immediately refilled. Although the Sherman only had a 75mm gun it did have a gyrostabilizer for the gun enabling it to fire on the move. Located between Caen and Cherbourg, 1 km from the famous tapestry, the old town and close to the landing beaches, The Novotel Bayeux offers 77 air-conditioned rooms, a restaurant and a bar, as well as 4 fully-equipped conference rooms for meetings and seminars.

The immersive story Holland tells is unrivalled and the gripping narrative is as intense as it is heartbreaking.It seems invidious to pick out one in particular but, for me, Padre Skinner particularly stands out, with his devotion to the wounded and, especially, the dead. Along the way, we're given any number of ministers - the British landings on D-Day weren't simply a nice day at the beach, for one - but it's also interesting to chart the development of the unit through its replacements.

Informed by never-before-seen documents, letters, photographs, and other artifacts from Sherwood Rangers' families--an ongoing fraternity--and by his own deep knowledge of the war, Holland offers a uniquely intimate portrait of the war at ground level, introducing heretofore unknowns such as Commanding Officer Stanley Christopherson, squadron commander John Semken, and Sergeant George Dring, and other memorable characters who helped the regiment become the single unit with the most battle honors of any ever in the British army. He made it his duty to locate the bodies of Regimental members killed in action and ensure their proper burial and recording of their graves for future relocation. even in April, people in the Regiment were still being killed, I found it especially sad when one of the most popular soldiers, Denis Elmore was killed with just a few weeks to go in the war. The Germans had spent the war designing, building and operating an array of incredibly complex and sophisticated weaponry, but this simple, mass-produced tube of metal was ensuring there was no easy ride for the Sherwood Rangers or any other Allied troops advancing deep into Germany. In Love Is Not Enough, Mark’s first Audible Original, you’ll follow five real people over the course of six months as they navigate f--ked up romantic situations, ranging from dating app addiction to marital affairs to absurd fantasies.

Throughout the campaign the SRY suffered horrendous casualties with replacement soldiers, many in their early 20's taking the place of the dead and wounded as they fought their way from the Normandy beaches through France, Belgium and Holland across the river Rhine and into Germany.

The author of a number of bestselling histories, including Battle of Britain, Dam Busters, Normandy '44 and, most recently, Sicily '43, he has also written nine works of historical fiction, including the Jack Tanner novels.

There are unforgettable and horrifying scenes here in this spare and sombre memoir of this experience of the hanging of a child, of his first farewell with his father who leaves him an inheritance of a knife and a spoon, and of his last goodbye at Buchenwald his father's corpse is already cold let alone the long months of survival under unconscionable conditions.

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