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Troop leader : a tank commander's story

By: Bellamy, Bill

0750945346 / 9780750945349
Paperback
940.5'421'092
22/02/2007
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England
20 cm xii, 243 p., [16] p. of plates : ill.
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Reprint. Originally published: 2005.

"Troop Leader" is a unique account of one man's experience of the battle for Europe in 1944 and 1945.

Bill Bellamy was a young officer in the 8th King's Royal Irish Hussars from 1943 to 1955.

He served in 7th Armoured Division in the North West Europe campaign, landing in Normandy on D+3, fought throughout the Battle for Normandy and into the Low Countries as a troop leader in Cromwell tanks, and was latterly a member of the initial occupying force in Berlin in May 1945.

Against the rules, Bill kept diaries and notes of his experiences.

His account is fresh and open, and his descriptions of battle are vivid.

He witnessed many of his contemporaries killed in action, and this life-altering experience clearly informs his narrative.

The accounts of tank fighting in the leafy Normandy bocage in the height of summer, or in the iron hard fields of Holland in winter, are graphic and compelling.

BIC:

3JJH c 1939 to c 1945 (including WW2), BGH Biography: historical, political & military, HBJD European history, HBWQ Second World War, JWD Land forces & warfare

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