The Valentine in North Africa 1942-43 - Bryan PerrettLondon: Ian Allan, 1972, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper. A little age-toning to the edges of the text block.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Maps; Cutaways; Plans;
From the cover: “This book is the first in a series written by authors with a practical working knowledge of Armour. The series will deal with vehicles of particular importance, or engagements in which the use of armour was paramount. The subject matter is examined from the point of view of the crew members themselves, and highlights the vehicles’ good and bad points as well as informing the reader as to methods of employment and performance in action.
The Valentine tank accounted for a quarter of Britain’s entire tank production during World War II. Its most famous users were the 23rd Armoured Brigade, whose units fought throughout the twelve days and nights of Alamein alongside the infantry, whilst the remainder of the British armour was held back for the final breakout or detailed for specific tasks. Time and again, outranged by the Afrika Korps Panzer IIIs and IVs, they fought the German armour to a standstill in defence of their infantry and, after the battle, spearheaded the drive across Libya to Tunisia in pursuit of the enemy. When the North African Campaign ended, a number of the Brigade’s tanks had done more than 3,000 miles on their tracks, a tribute to the Valentine’s qualities of reliability and the high standard of maintenance.
The story of 23rd Armoured Brigade’s Valentines is one of great courage and endurance, leavened by good humour and comradeship, and reminds us that the study of military history can do much to set our own standards of conduct in fields other than the purely military.
Mr. Perrett’s text is supported by 48 pages of dramatic photographs.”