Taming the Panzers - Monty's Tank Battalions 3rd RTR War, by Patrick Delaforce

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Taming the Panzers - Monty's Tank Battalions 3rd RTR War, by Patrick Delaforce
Taming the Panzers - Monty's Tank Battalions 3rd RTR War, by Patrick Delaforce

Published by Amberley in 2010, 255 pages. (N4350)

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From the rear side cover: During the desperate days of May 1940 that ended with the fall of France, the  3rd Battalion Royal Tank Regiment was sent to Calais in support of 30th Infantry  Brigade, where it played a vital role in the week-long defence of Calais. In  helping to stem the inexorable advance by German panzers, the battalion was  uniquely praised by Churchill for giving the British Expeditionary Force much-needed extra time for the  crucial evacuation from Dunkirk's beaches to be done.

Reformed and refitted  by the spring of 1941, 3 RTR returned to Europe to fight the panzers once again,  this time in the ill-fated Greek campaign, where it became the only RTR unit to  see combat. The battalion fought a costly withdrawal action against the Germans,  losing its entire complement of tanks, but still managed to inflict casualties  on the enemy during the retreat.

The surviving officers and men of 3 RTR  embarked for Egypt at the end of April, where they came under the command of  General Montgomery. 3 RTR fought again in all the main North Africa desert  battles, including the major turning point engagements at Alam Halfa and El  Alamein.

Moving back to northwest Europe to join the invasion in June 1944, 3  RTR was in the thick of all the desperate battles in Normandy after its arrival  on 17 June. The unit went on to take part in  the Operations 'Great Swan' and 'Market Garden', and helped halt the Panzers in the Ardennes....

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