Stroud, 1st ed., 1995. Xiv + 238 pp., photo-ills., + maps. D.j., 25 x 18cm. Small owner’s stamp o/w FINE. This book describes the formation of a heavy tank battalion in the UK in 1940, its exhaustive training for operations, and then its subsequent deployment for action in North West Europe shortly after D-Day on 6 June, 1944, up until the end of the war. Their presence was invaluable at many famous battle scenes such as Falaise, the Seine, Le Havre, the Arnhem salient, Ardennes and Germany itself. This book makes extensive use of the 9th Battalion’s War Diary, interwoven with letters, personal recollections, rare photographs and the author’s own narrative.