Brighton, 1st ed., 1997. 224 pp., numerous photo-ills., + maps & plans. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. When Monty was entrusted with the Allied Command for ‘Overlord’ he had no hesitation in recalling his favourite African Desert veteran units to the UK to spearhead the invasion. Among these were two independent armoured brigades, 4th (Black Desert Rats) and 8th (Red Fox’s Mask). They would be rushed into difficult and dangerous situations in Normandy and spearhead the ‘Great Swan’ break out towards the Low Countries and into the heart of the Fatherland. The cream of the British Army fought with these two brigades. The author weaves together the experiences of dozens of participants to give a fast-moving and authentic portrayal of the African Desert and North-West Europe campaigns.