Roberts, Major-General G. P. B.


Kimber, 1st ed., 1987. 256 pp., several photo-plates + maps. D.j., 24 x 16cm. Spine of d.j., slightly faded o/w FINE. This book is the personal story of a tank officer who rose to become the youngest divisional commander in the British Army. The author was on the staff of 7th Armoured Division in June 1940 and then went to 4th Armoured Brigade as Brigade Major, taking part in O'Connor's spectacular offensive against the Italians culminating in the battle of Beda Fomm in February 1941. His first command was of 3rd Royal Tank Regiment after the Crusader offensive and he led them in the fighting on the Gazala line in June 1942. At the end of First Alamein he took command of 22nd Armoured Brigade which played the crucial role in turning back Rommel at Alam Halfa. He led it throughout Second Alamein and the pursuit of Rommel across Libya. He ended the desert campaign in command of 26th Armoured Brigade. For the Normandy campaign he lead 11th Armoured Division from Normandy to the Baltic. His war service brought him a CB, three DSO's, an MC, Legion of Honour and the Croix de Guerre.

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