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With the Tanks, 1916-1918 (ePub)

Memoirs of a British Tank Commander in the Great War

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By W.H.L Watson
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Eyewitnesses from The Great War
File Size: 11.1 MB (.epub)
ISBN: 9781473850149
Published: 11th March 2014


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William Watson was a young Oxford post-graduate at the outbreak of the First World War in 1914. Along with several friends from Oxford he enlisted in the army expecting the war to last six weeks. Watson began his service in the Great War as a British Army motorcycle despatch rider. He saw active service during the key battles of 1914 and early 1915. Watson was then commissioned and became a tank commander and saw active service with the tanks most notably at Cambrai in 1917.

This well written and evocative memoir was originally published under the tile 'A Company Of Tanks' it constitutes a wonderful primary source and is an invaluable addition to the library of anyone with an interest in the evolution of the tank as a decisive weapon on the battlefield. Highly detailed, but nonetheless accessible this superb new illustrated edition, edited by Emmy AwardTM winning historian Bob Carruthers is greatly recommended for serious enthusiasts and casual readers alike.

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Cher Ami, GWSIG Newsletter – International Plastic Modellers Society (UK) – April 2023

This most readable book was first published in 1920 by William Blackwood & Sons under the title 'A Company of Tanks.'
In chapter after gripping chapter our tank commander takes us through his service on the XI Corps front between October and December 1916, the describes the early months of 1917 and the preparations for the First Battle of Bullecourt in the following April.
Don't miss this book.

The Armourer

Pen & Sword have done a beautiful job with this reissue. The illustrations are superb [and] there is a fine introduction from Emmy Award winning film maker Bob Carruthers.

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About W.H.L Watson

W.H.L. Watson was a British Army, motorcycle despatch rider in the First World War. He saw active service during the key battles of 1914 and early 1915.

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