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Unbeknown to the 'Desert Rats' a number of German Tiger tanks already held the high ground. Led by Waffen-SS tank ace Michael Wittman, these Tigers destroyed almost the entire British advance guard and forced the 'Desert Rats' to withdraw, Wittman's crew accounting for some 25 tanks and other vehicles before being knocked out themselves. At the same time the Geordies of 50th Infantry Division were fighting to take Lingevres and Les Verrieres, ably supported by the tanks of 4/7 Dragoon Guards. Sergeant 'Spit' Harris, commanding a Sherman 'Firefly' tank, knocked out no fewer than five powerful enemy Panther tanks, a feat rivalling Wittman's.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780750930123
ISBN-10: 0750930128
Format: Hardback
(240mm x 156mm x 10mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: Sutton Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 22-Jul-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Adam Forty

Lt Col George Forty OBE, FMA is the author of over forty books on military subjects, including US Army Handbook 1939-1949, British Army Handbook 1939-1945 and The Desert War for Sutton. Lt Col Forty served in the British Army for thirty-two years with the Royal Tank Regiment and was formerly the Curator of the Bovington Tank Museum in Doraet.