Tank Tracks: 9th Battalion Royal Tank Regiment at War 1940-45 - Peter BealeStroud: Alan Sutton, 1995, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Strip of sunning to the join of the upper panel. Top edge of the text block lightly spotted.
Includes: Plans of battle; Black & white photographs; Roll of honour; Appendices (3);
From the cover: “From shortly after D-Day on 6 June 1944 up until the end of the war in Europe on 8 May 1945, the men and Churchill tanks of the 9th Battalion Royal Tank Regiment saw plenty of combat. After crossing the English Channel in the ferocious storm of 18-20 June 1944, the 9th formed up for their first action in support of the 15th (Scottish) Infantry Division in Operation Epsom.
More battles swiftly followed in which the battalion repelled the weight of several German armoured divisions. They fought alongside the Canadians on the way to Falaise, helped the 49th Division to force crossings of five rivers on the way to the Seine, and fought again alongside the 49th in the capture of Le Havre.
Moving up to Holland, the 9th helped to enlarge the Arnhem salient in September and then spent several days in heavy fighting which ended with the capture of Roosendaal by the Allies. Advancing into Germany at the end of 1944, they were suddenly called upon to help repulse the German counter-offensive in the Ardennes. Successful in their task, the 9th returned in February to spend weeks fighting their way through the Reichswald Forest on the borders of Germany, then across the Rhine and finally into the Fatherland itself before the war ended in May.
Tank Tracks makes extensive use of the 9th Battalion’s War Diary, interwoven with letters, personal recollections and the author’s own narrative. It describes the formation of a heavy tank battalion in the UK in 1940, its exhaustive training for operations, and then its subsequent deployment for action in North West Europe following D-Day in 1944.
Complemented by more than forty rare photographs and a selection of specially drawn maps, Tank Tracks graphically reveals to the reader just what it was like to live and fight as a member of a British heavy tank battalion during the Second World War.”