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Warriors for the Working Day
Imperial War Museum Wartime Classics 6
"Brook was overcome by the most powerful feeling of sheer animal terror. It was as though his whole body and soul had suddenly rebelled against what he was doing and where he was. For a fraction of a second he wanted to scream and fly in panic, and only the physical impossibility of getting out of the tank stopped him. A moment later it passed, and he found himself obeying Donovan's orders automatically." Based on Peter Elstob's own wartime experiences, Warriors for the Working Day follows one tank crew as they proceed from the beaches of Normandy into newly liberated Western Europe, evoking the claustrophobia, heat, and intensity of tank warfare in brilliant detail. Published to great acclaim in 1960, the classic novel has been translated into several languages. This repackaged edition includes a contextual introduction by an Imperial War Museums historian.
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"The soldier in World War II is the subject of this authentically realized portrait of a battalion in the Royal Tank Corps--and specifically of one group that made up a closely integrated team. . . . Death takes heavy toll--and at times the reader feels the futility of it almost too intensely. Little has been written about Tank Corps operation, and the part they played in the invasion, in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany--as the end seemed within reach--and one setback after another cost a terrible price. The author has tapped his own personal experience for many of the incidents--but has drawn his characters from imagination and knowledge of the caliber of the men he knew."-- "Kirkus Reviews"