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The Story of the Guards Armoured Division (Paperback)

Military > Victoria Crosses WWII > Battles & Campaigns > Arnhem WWII > Battles & Campaigns > D-Day & Normandy

By Col E R Hill DSO
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 328
Illustrations: Black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781399013475
Published: 8th November 2021
Last Released: 6th October 2022



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Formed in June 1941, the Guards Armoured Division proved that Household Troops could adapt their legendary high standards to a totally new role. Deploying to Normandy in 1944 under Major General Sir Allan Adair, the Division acquitted itself with distinction in the costly Operation GOODWOOD.

After the break-out, the Welsh Guards liberated Brussels on 3 September and the Division played a leading role in Operation MARKET GARDEN.

In early 1945, the Division fought in Operation VERITABLE, breaking General Schlemm’s lateral line near Menzelen. The Rhine crossing followed, with the Guards Armoured leading XXX Corps towards Bremen and Hamburg. Guardsman Edward Charlton, Irish Guards, severely wounded, broke up a counter-attack and earned the last VC of the European war.

The Story of The Guards Armoured Division is a classic account of the Division’s superb fighting record.

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Gun Mart Magazine

This important book is packed with information. The Guards Division was formed a year before the Normandy Landings and was to play a leading role in breaking out of the beachheads and advancing through France and Belgium, crossing the Rhine and completing the victory – Highly Recommended.

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An interesting book that portrays an important part of World War II through the actions of the Armored Division of the British Guard.

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José Manuél Rico Cortés (Mister JM) - Miniaturas JM

All in all, I am pleased that Pen & Sword have reprinted this divisional history. It is a good account of the history of this formation, and contains useful orders of battle, some good photographs, but few maps. I recommend it to anyone interested in British armoured formations during the Second World War, the campaign in North-West Europe, and Operation Market Garden in particular.

British Military History, Rob Palmer

There are maps plus a section of archive photos in the middle of the book, including portraits of some of the commanders, along with images from their training and the various battles along the way. It is a fascinating story, and written in a very readable way, not just a basic list of what happened on what day. It is great to see these older books republished, telling the story to a new generation of interested historians.

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