Churchill's Desert Rats: From Normandy to Berlin - Patrick DelaforceBarnsley: Pen & Sword Military, 2010, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Near Fine — in Near Fine Dustwrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Maps;
From the cover: “When Montgomery took command of the Allied land forces prior to the D-Day landings, he gathered around him those commanders and formations he knew and trusted. Not surprisingly 7th Armoured Division, known to all as the Desert Rats, was one of these and they were redeployed from Italy to England.
In this sequel to his acclaimed Churchill’s Desert Rats in North Africa, Burma, Sicily and Italy (Pen & Sword, 2009), the author, who served alongside the Desert Rats, describes the Division’s victorious but hard fought progress from the D-Day beaches to Berlin. We read of the Division’s battles from the Normandy beaches, the breakout operations (GOODWOOD and BLUECOAT), the liberation of Northern France and Belgium. After taking Ghent there were the long months fighting in the Peel country of the Netherlands before Operation BLACKCOCK, the Rhine Crossing and the final advance into Germany culminating in the capture of Hamburg. They were the only British division to take part in the historic Victory Parade in Berlin.
No reader of this famous Division’s history, with its many graphic personal accounts, will question why the Desert Rats wore — and still wear — their Jerboa insignia with such pride.”