1st ed., 1990. 189 pp., frontis., map + 5 other maps + 13 photo-plates. D.j., 22 x 14cm. Tape marks to e.p.’s & d.j., flaps ; informative annotation to title-page; o/w V.G. After four years of ‘home defence’, the tank unit the author was with lasted just sixty-four days in the Second World War. The author’s unit, equipped with Daimler scout cars and Cromwell tanks, landed in Normandy eight days after D-Day. Monty’s plan was to take them into three key operations, all centred on Caen and characterized by intense fighting. Although the author puts the operations into context and explains their objectives, the account is essentially a close-quarters view. He remembers the impact of the death roll and the sense of deepening comradeship; the absurd incongruity of a cordon-bleu meal in the battle-scarred countryside; and the unforgettable feeling of having one’s hair parted by a bullet. An interesting personal account.