A particular type of courage was needed to fight in a tank during the Second World War. Encased in a slow-moving steel machine, tank crews were utterly vulnerable to enemy attack from all sides.
The Sherwood Rangers was one of the greatest tank regiments. Blooded in the deserts of North Africa on battlefields such as El Alamein and Alamel Halfa, the regiment was sent to Europe and landed on Gold Beach as part of the D-Day invasion. For the next 11 months, they were in the thick of the action, covering thousands of miles and enduring some of the fiercest fighting in Western Europe until the surrender of Germany in May 1945.
Ahead of the launch of his latest book, join James Holland, bestselling author of Normandy ’44 and Sicily ’43, as he brings to life what it was like to take part in the final scramble across Europe using incredible eye-witness testimonies.
About the speaker
James Holland is a historian, writer and broadcaster. The author of a number of bestselling histories, including Battle of Britain, Dam Busters, Normandy ’44 and – most recently – Sicily ’43, he has also written nine works of historical fiction, including the Jack Tanner novels. He is currently writing an acclaimed three-volume history of the Second World War, The War in the West.
He has presented and written a large number of television programmes and series for the BBC, Channel 4, National Geographic, and the History and Discovery channels. James is co-founder of the Chalke Valley History Festival and of WarGen.org, an online Second World War resource site. He also presents We Have Ways of Making You Talk, a podcast with Al Murray in which they discuss the Second World War.