A gripping account of the Second World War, from the perspective of a young tank commander.
In 1944, David Render was a nineteen-year-old second lieutenant fresh from Sandhurst when he was sent to France. Joining the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry five days after the D-Day landings, the combat-hardened men he was sent to command did not expect him to last long. However, in the following weeks of ferocious fighting in which more than 90 per cent of his fellow tank commanders became casualties, his ability to emerge unscathed from countless combat engagements earned him the nickname of the 'Inevitable Mr Render'.
In Tank Action Render tells his remarkable story, spanning every major episode of the last year of the Second World War from the invasion of Normandy to the fall of Germany. Ultimately it is a story of survival, comradeship and the ability to stand up and be counted as a leader in combat.
It gives important narrative on Allied/Common Wealth experience during the war in Europe. Not much about that is published in the US. The slaughter of Canadian POWs, written about here, is the first time I have read about those instances. Our Allies bled for my freedom,too. A read that is well worth your time and would be a great show of respect.