Panzer Bait: With the 3rd Royal Tank Regiment 1940-1944 - William MooreLondon: Leo Cooper, 1991, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Top edge of the text block tanned.
Includes: Plans of battle; Black & white photographs; Maps; List of sources;
From the cover: “Panzer Bait, so called because, from the beginning of the Second World War, the jaws of a powerful enemy were constantly attempting to close on the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Tank Regiment, is primarily the story of three remarkable regular soldiers who between them were shot out of some forty tanks. No computer could calculate the odds against Sergeant Bill Close surviving Calais 1940, Greece 1941, Sidi Rezegh, Gazala and Alamein, to command, as a major, the leading unit in the biggest armoured assault launched by the British in Normandy and still reach the Baltic. In the same squadron in many battles were Sergeants Buck Kite and Geordie Reay. None of them came through unscathed. Thanks to a mine fragment Bill Close, Military Cross and bar, can boast of two navels. Geordie Reay, who won the DCM at Alamein, suffered appalling burns and lost an arm when his Sherman brewed up on Hill 112 in June, 1944. Buck Kite, the only British soldier to win three Military Medals in the war, took on four Panthers when earning the last of them and saw in flight the shell which wounded him. Military historian William Moore discovered, more than 40 years after the end of the war, that the three old warriors were still in touch. His story is not only fascinating but a valuable contribution to the study of the anatomy of courage. In the case of Geordie Reay it is also an account of outstanding unselfishness — he worked ceaselessly for those similarly scarred and never lost his sharp sense of humour. While in hospital for a check-up shortly before his death in the autumn of 1990 a heart specialist led in a number of medical students to examine him and asked: Do you smoke, Mr Reay? Back came the reply: No, but I was once on fire. Little wonder the sun shone at his funeral.”