By Trevor Greenwood, S. V. Partington
Tank Commander Sgt Trevor Greenwood of C Squadron, the ninth Royal Tank Regiment, sailed for France in June 1944 as a part of the Allied invasion of Normandy. From D-Day till April 1945, he saved an everyday diary of his studies of the ultimate push via France and into Germany, usually writing in mystery and in poor stipulations. below fireplace, outgunned and dealing with a sour iciness, he by no means loses his ethical compass or his feel of humour - discovering time to brew tea and keep morale with characterful British reserve. He writes candidly of his frustration and melancholy of seeing Bomber Command mistakenly bomb Allied strains close to Caen (August 1944), the liberation of Le Havre (September 1944), the combating round Roosendaal, Holland (October 1944), the reception of infantrymen through the Dutch households on whom they have been billeted (December 1944), and concludes with 'mopping up' operations in northern Germany (April 1945). His extraordinary diary has left us a different list of the struggle in Europe from the rarely-seen standpoint of a typical soldier. An accompanying essay concerning the tank battles of Normandy via Duxford Museum's tank professional supply further price
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