By Tank Into Normandy

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Cassell, 2003 - History - 256 pages
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'One of the best half-dozen personal accounts of the Normandy campaign' - Richard Holmes

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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Review: By Tank Into Normandy (Cassell Military Paperbacks)

User Review  - Dipra Lahiri - Goodreads

A grim account of a tank commander's battles in Normandy, punctuated by very funny vignettes of completely eccentric Englishmen. Read full review

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User Review  - Art - Goodreads

A simple no nonsense account of tank fighting in Normandy by a British vet. I keep coming back and rereading this account every few years and I get a little more out of it each time. One of my favorite accounts if the war, if favorite can be excused in context with the subject matter. Read full review

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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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