Facebook Twitter Youtube Instagram Pinterest LinkedIn

British Armoured Divisions and their Commanders, 1939-1945 (Kindle)

WWII D-Day & Normandy Tanks

By Richard Doherty
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
File Size: 17.3 MB (.mobi)
ISBN: 9781473826304
Published: 16th July 2013

in_stock

£7.00 Print price £25.00

You save £18.00 (72%)


You'll be £7.00 closer to your next £10.00 credit when you purchase British Armoured Divisions and their Commanders, 1939-1945. What's this?

Need a currency converter? Check XE.com for live rates

Other formats available - Buy the Hardback and get the eBook for free! Price
British Armoured Divisions and… Hardback Add to Basket £25.00
British Armoured Divisions and… ePub (10.8 MB) Add to Basket £7.00


A total of eleven British armoured divisions were formed during the 1939-1945 war but, as this highly informative book reveals, just eight saw action.

In 1940 only 1st Armoured Division faced the German blitzkrieg and it was in the North African desert that armoured divisions came into their own. The terrain was ideal and six such divisions of Eighth Army fought Rommel's Panzers into submission. Three were disbanded prior to the invasion of Sicily and Italy. The campaign from D-Day onwards saw the Guards Armoured, 7th Armoured (the Desert Rats), 11th and Percy Hobart's 79th Armoured Division in the thick of the action.

Of particular interest are the men who commanded these elite formations and the way their characters contributed to the outcome of operations. While some, such as Dick McCreery, went onto greater heights, others did not make the grade; the stakes were high. A number, such as 'Pip' Roberts, were just perfectly suited in the role.

Written by a leading military historian, this book describes many fascinating aspects of armoured warfare from its uncertain beginnings, through the development of tactics and the evolving tank design. Due to British deficiencies, reliance had to be placed on US Grants and Shermans, with the Comet coming late and the Centurion too late.

The combination of gripping historical narrative and well researched fact make this an invaluable and highly readable work on the contribution of British Armoured Divisions to victory in the Second World War.

Richard Doherty sets out, in his usual, thorough and very readable style, to examine the role of British Armoured Divisions in the Second World War. Highly recommended for all with an interest in the armoured warfare during WW2 or the impact of individual commanders in battle.

Bulletin - Military Historical Society

I don't know about you, but I found this made a pleasant change to read something on British Armoured divisions of WW2 rather than the many we see available on the Panzer Divisions. The author has done an excellent job of looking at the subject from an interesting perspective. The British Army created 11 armoured divisions during WW2, though 2 of them never went into combat, while a third, rather than be disbanded, was re-structured to create the specialist equipment of 79th Armoured Division, 'Hobart's Funnies'.

www.militarymodelling.com

A fascinating new book. Combination of historical narrative and well researched material makes for a highly readable book.

Londonderry Sentinel

Richard Doherty reveals how of the eleven British armoured divisions which were formed during the Second World War, just eight saw action. Also examines the influence of the men who led these formations and the way their characters contributed to the success of failure of operations.

Britain at War

The author has done an excellent job of looking at the subject from an interesting perspective. The British Army created 11 armoured divisions during WW2, though 2 of them never went into combat, while a third, rather than be disbanded, was re-structured to create the specialist equipment of 79th Armoured Division, 'Hobart's Funnies'.

www.militarymodeling.com

Richard Doherty reveals how of the eleven British armoured divisions which were formed during the Second World War, just eight saw action.
Also examines the influence of the men who led these formations and the way their characters contributed to the success of failure of operations.

Britain at War

About Richard Doherty

One of the leading military historians in the UK and Ireland, writer and broadcaster Richard Doherty has twenty-nine books to his credit, two of which were nominated for the prestigious Templer Medal. Chronologically his titles range from The Williamite War in Ireland, 1688-1691 to Helmand Mission: With the Royal Irish Battlegroup in Afghanistan 2008 and also include a history of the Royal Ulster Constabulary GC, The Thin Green Line.

Over the years he has researched, written and presented several historical series for BBC Radio Ulster, presented two major historical programmes for BBC TV, for whom he has also researched and written historical programmes, and has contributed to, or advised on, many programmes for BBC Radio Ulster, BBC Radio Four, RTE (Irish radio and TV) and independent producers. His BBC Radio Ulster programme on the North African campaign, part of the Sons of Ulster series, was nominated for a Sony Award in 1989. He has featured twice in the popular 'Who Do You Think You Are?' television series, providing historical background for David Tennent (2006) and Paul Hollywood (2015).

A popular speaker, he has addressed a wide variety of audiences in the UK, Republic of Ireland, France and Italy, as well as the United States, where he has lectured (on limited warfare) at the US Marine Corps Staff and Command College at Quantico, Virginia. Since 2002 he has been a guest speaker on cruise ships with topics ranging from military and naval history, including the Battle of the Atlantic, through Celtic history, to Irish myth, history and culture.

He leads battlefield tours in Ireland, Normandy, Italy and Greece, writes historical articles and book reviews for newspapers, magazines and journals, is Chairman of the Irish Regiments Historical Society, a member of several military history societies in the UK, Ireland and the USA, a trustee of the Royal Irish Fusiliers’ Museum, Armagh and of the Royal Irish Regiment Museum, a trustee of the International School for Peace Studies, a trustee, and member of the Council, of the Northern Ireland War Memorial, and honorary historian of the Royal Irish Regiment.

More titles by Richard Doherty

Customers who bought this title also bought...

Other titles in Pen & Sword Military...