Alan Sutton, Stroud, rep., 1994. 200 pp., photo-ills., + maps. D.j., 24 x 16cm. Owner’s bookplate ; tape marks to e.p.’s o/w V.G.+. The Desert Rats, the 7th Armoured Division, was Churchill’s favourite division and was widely recognised as being among the most powerful in Europe during World War II. This book tells the story of the 7th Division’s final campaign, from Normandy to the entry into Berlin, in the words of the soldiers who fought with it. Included are first-hand accounts of the Division’s struggle in Normandy after the D-Day landings and its part in Operations Goodwood and Bluecoat ; of the break-out and great ‘Swan’ to liberate all northern France and Belgium ; the taking of Ghent and the long months of fighting in the Peel country in the Netherlands ; Operation Blackcock, the crossing of the Rhine and the march through Germany ; the capture of Hamburg and the final triumphant entry into Berlin.