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TOYING WITH WAR: Tank Commander

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His book is not only an extraordinary memoir - it is also a compelling account of the exploits of the Royal Tank Regiment throughout the conflict. His tanks were hit eleven times by enemy shellfire and he bailed out. Some 200 tanks of 15 Panzer Division, Rommel's main concentration of armour, were engaging British formations and reducing their tank strength to single figures, although not without a fight. The enemy T55 turned left as my gunner fired causing the shell to bounce off the frontal armour of the enemy T55. We were ordered to rescue them anyway. I had already ordered my gunner to acquire the T55 and to fire at will. In campaign after campaign, from the defence of Calais in 1940 to the defeat of Germany in 1945, he served as a tank commander in the Royal Tank Regiment - and he survived.

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Books written by tank crew men? : TankPorn

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The French generals could not break the mindset of re-constructing a line before counter-attacking, and this cost them in May 1940. At 14h17 Visser reported that O3 had been hit and the vehicle had rolled down a hill to his left. Collections, videos, and artistic concepts are approved and welcomed. The situation had become very confused, with units getting mixed up. I subsequently ordered my gunner to acquire the T55 that had just eliminated O2 and to fire at will. At 18h05 I managed to re-start the engine of O5 and proceeded to attempt to locate all the remains of the dead for burial purposes at a later occasion.

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Tank Commander : Bill Close : 9781781591871

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He was wounded three times. Operation Goodwood, Part I -- 17. In campaign after campaign, from the defence of Calais in 1940 to the defeat of Germany in 1945, he served as a tank commander in the Royal Tank Regiment - and he survived. Visser ordered that the target be engaged and destroyed. Sidi Rezegh: What a Shambles! At 13h21 O7 reported fire received on the right of their turret.

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Major Bill Close

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Visser ordered a halt as the source of the fire had not yet been identified. The French Somua and B1bis tanks were superior to contemporary German tanks in 1940. The past, the present, futuristic, historical, prototypes, all things inclusive. Patton is not of course a specifically armour specialist, since his success was as Third Army commander, at a more strategic, or perhaps operational role. His tanks were hit eleven times by enemy shellfire and he baled out. In campaign after campaign, from the defence of Calais in 1940 to the defeat of Germany in 1945, he served as a tank commander in the Royal Tank Regiment - and he survived. Too bad the French defensive strategy was so flawed and did not emphasize rapid operations.

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Tank Commander by Bill Close

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I have a source which quotes 546 French tanks, versus 722 German panzers, but almost all sources show a disparity, with the Germans outnumbering the French by around 200 tanks, regardless of the exact numbers. At any rate, thanks for sharing your Battle Account… it was an exciting read! Patton, above: he was one of the great of the grunts. At 19h02 I was encountered by the 9th Bats who subsequently informed me that they had secured the town and its surrounding area. German and Russian tankers had alot more to shoot at!!! It was no more than a houseboat, and they manned it themselves, reaching Alexandria only by burning the boat deck for fuel. His book is not only an extraordinary memoir - it is also a compelling account of the exploits of the Royal Tank Regiment throughout the conflict.

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Tank commander : from the fall of France to the defeat of Germany

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He made the terrible decision to choose the Sherman instead of the much better Pershing. At 13h59 our proximity to Omepepa was calculated at 9km. He finished the war as one of the most experienced and resourceful of British tank commanders, and in later life, he set down his wartime experiences in graphic detail. Back to the Bocage: Operation Bluecoat -- 19. The hostile was reported neutralized at 13h24. His tanks were hit eleven times by enemy shellfire and he baled out. Give credit where credit is due.

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The War List: Great Tank Commanders

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At 13h23 O7 reported that a target had been acquired by his gunner and identified as a hostile infantry scout. He was wounded three times. His book is not only an extraordinary memoir - it is also a compelling account of the exploits of the Royal Tank Regiment throughout the conflict. I could not retrieve more as I decided my tank could not reasonably transport more and those left were too severely damaged to be re-claimed by their families. He complied and scored a successful penetration on the T55 in a location that I cannot recall.

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Tank Commander by Bill Close · OverDrive (Rakuten OverDrive): eBooks, audiobooks and videos for libraries

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An accomplished hockey player, he represented his county, his regiment and the Army. After retiring from the army he was assistant bursar at Bryanston School and a manager at the electrical engineering firm Racal Redac. However, many of the German regular army units fought out of a sense of patriotic duty rather than Nazi ideology. Bill Close had a remarkable war. Approximately 4 seconds later my gunner advised me that he had acquired the target, following which I gave the order to fire. He destroyed several tanks until, forced to bale out himself, he discovered that his tank had been hit five times.

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Books written by tank crew men? : TankPorn

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Leaving aside the problems of spelling and syntax, all three points are inexact. In campaign after campaign, from the defence of Calais in 1940 to the defeat of Germany in 1945, he served as a tank commander in the Royal Tank Regiment - and he survived. Fordingbridge: A Time for Counting -- 3. As a record of the day-to-day experience of the tank crew of seventy years ago - of the conditions they faced and the battles they fought — it has rarely been equaled. The enemy T55 received a direct hit from me below the main gun barrel to the turret ring and subsequently burst into flames. He also had decisively more cunning, brasen daring — and yet with a hint of flair — approach to tank combat.

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Tank Commander by Bill Close

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He finished the war as one of the most experienced and resourceful of British tank commanders, and in later life he set down his wartime experiences in graphic detail. Subsequently, O6 reported that they had received a direct hit from an enemy vehicle. The Gazala Battle -- 11. The situation is very much a paper-scissors-rock game, and I have in fact designed a game about Hannut built on that principle. I brought O5 around a boulder cluster to assist O7. After all: he did prevent a recurrence of the Stalingrad-style encirclement of Wehrmacht Grube Nord in the Balkan states in late 1943-early 1944. He married twice, had three sons and a daughter, and he died, aged 91, in 2006.

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