Ford, Ken.


Sutton, Stroud, 1st ed., 2005. Vii + 213 pp., photo-plates + 10 maps. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. Formed in 1940, the British 6th Armoured Division was in the thick of the action in the Mediterranean from December 1942 until the end of the Second World War. It received its baptism of fire in the battles in Tunisia after ‘Operation Torch’, the Anglo-American amphibious landings in North Africa. Following Rommel’s defeat of the Americans at the Kasserine Pass in February 1943, the 6th helped stabilise the Allied front and pushed the Germans back into the path of the advancing Eighth Army. The division went on to play a major part in the total defeat of the Axis forces in North Africa, including taking the surrender of Rommel’s famous 90th Light Division in May 1943. 6th Armoured Division went on to take part in the fourth battle of Cassino in Italy, before playing a key role in the mighty River Po offensive of April 1945. Combining eyewitness accounts, unit war diaries and unpublished sources, this is the first history of this distinguished division.

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