By Tank Into Normandy

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Cassell Military, 2003 - History - 255 pages
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Stuart Hills embarked his Sherman DD tank on to an LCT at 6.45 a.m., Sunday 4 June 1944. He was 20 years old, unblooded, fresh from a public-school background and Officer Cadet training. He was going to war. Two days later, his tank sunk, he and his crew landed from a rubber dinghy with just the clothes they stood in. After that, the struggles through the Normandy bocage in a replacement tank (of the non-swimming variety), engaging the enemy in a constant round of close encounters, led to a swift mastering of the art of tank warfare and remarkable survival in the midst of carnage and destruction. His story of that journey through hell to victory makes for compulsive reading.

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User Review  - Trawets - Goodreads

Stuart Hills was just twenty years old when he commanded a Sherman tank swimming to the Normandy Beaches on D Day in 1944. He continued to command a tank right up to the end of the war in Europe ... Read full review

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User Review  - Paul Maullin - Goodreads

Excellent war memoir. Very moving at times as Hills was only 20 when he went into Normandy. He saw most of his friends killed, often in horrible ways. Makes you appreciate the sacrificed the men made liberating Europe. Read full review

About the author (2003)

Stuart Hills was 20 years old when he joined a tank regiment preparing to spearhead the D-Day landings. His parents and sister were in Hong Kong, prisoners of the Japanese, their fate unknown. One of the few surviving officers in the regiment at the end of the war, he went on to a successful business career.

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