Achtung! Minen!: The Making of a Flail Tank Troop Commander - Ian C. (Charles) HammertonLewes: The Book Guild, 1991, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.
Includes: Plans of battle; Black & white photographs; Facsimiles; Maps; Cutaways;
From the cover: “In June 1944 a personal message from General Bernard Montgomery, Commander-in-Chief of the 21st Army (later Viscount Montgomery of Alamein) was read to all troops preparing for D-Day. To us is given the honour of striking a blow for freedom which will live in history; and in the better days that lie ahead men will speak with pride of our doings, he said. This book is by one of the men to whom this message was addressed. It tells what happened, as it happened, to a Flail Tank Regiment troop from the landings on the Normandy beaches to the fight across Europe into the heart of Germany.
It is not all mud, blood and battlefield horrors but a factual account of war as it was in an armour plated machine with a flailing speed of one and a half miles an hour. Flail tanks headed the set piece attacks, clearing a path through the enemy minefields so troops could advance. Here are the technical details of how this was done and how civilians turned soldiers managed to cope with a constant game of Russian roulette in striking their blow for freedom.”