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Tank Action

An Armoured Troop Commander's War 1944-45
Narrated by: Roger Davis
Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
Categories: History, Military
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A gripping account of the Second World War, from the perspective of a young tank commander.

In 1944, David Render was a 19-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.

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©2019 Captain David Render and Stuart Tootal (P)2019 Orion Publishing Group

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Engrossing story

It is a rare that I find a personal history entertaining. This story was one such. I found myself emotionally engaged with the author as he experienced bewilderment, shock, humor and loss. The narrator is convincing and perfect for the role of a young man.

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A Different Point of View

Many tank novels only feature the American's side.
This was very refreshing. I would highly recommend this book if you are looking for a different point of view on tank warfare in WW2.

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Very good memoir and thrilling tale.

Very good narrator and good flow of story.
I liked it alot.
Well worth a listen.

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  • Iolis
  • 09-28-19

A vivid recollection of war by a young officer

David Render leaves for posterity an account of the actions of his Unit, his Troop and his Tank Crew from their departure on OP OVERLORD through the bloody and exhausting battles of France, Holland and Germany, through to the end of the war.

He recounts his anxieties as a newly-minted officer determined to do his best to win the trust and respect of his crew of seasoned veterans. He tells of his feelings as the war takes its toll on his crew, his fellow officers and himself. He tells of the furious tank battles with German Tiger and Panther tanks in villages and Bocage. Of the carnage suffered by the Infantry. He gives a candid account of what his contemporaries really thought at the time about senior officers in command from Montgomery downwards. He recounts tragic loss in the dying days of the war, of the suffering of civilians, the horror of the concentration camp and his feelings towards the Germans. He does so with honesty and compassion.

What is remarkable about David’s account is that so many of those who fought in that ghastly war were so traumatised by it that they remained silent and took their accounts to the grave. Their numbers dwindle every year as age takes them. I salute David for his courage in re-living his experiences for us and leaving us an honest account of just what his generation went through to leave us the personal and political freedom we have today.

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  • Mr
  • 11-25-19

Amazingly frank and a fantastic listen

A nineteen year old facing a horrific death if the tank he was in was hit. Under no illusions the life expectancy was just a week or two. Candid and well told this was a very good listen. I did not want the book to end. A very brave man

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  • Robert
  • 11-17-19

Fluent, Gripping and Enlightening

Well-paced, you are drawn into a year-long campaign at the sharp end of the Allied advance through Normandy and into Germany. Despite the peril, you feel in safe hands with a candid reporter dealing with extreme experiences. If you thought you were safe in a tank you'll think otherwise...you get the education David Render got as he learnt tank warfare in country that was not conducive to tank warfare.

Author Stuart Tootal is to be commended. I completed this in two sessions.

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  • robert
  • 11-14-19

Brilliant

This is a great book. It gets out of the usual big sweeps of history you normally get from books of this time. You can almost smell the the petrol and the metal of the tank and gets you down and dirty with war at the coal face

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  • H. Tollyfield
  • 11-12-19

Utterly compelling

This account of the experiences of a young man involved in the slog of battling to liberate Europe and defeat the Third Reich is honest, authentic, at times horrifying, and utterly compelling. The author does not set out to glorify war in any way, nor is he apologetic for the way in which he and his comrades had to wage war in order to achieve the downfall of Hitler and the Nazis. He describes what it was like to be engaged in total war, to be on the receiving end of the ruthless violence of the enemy and to be equally ruthless and violent in order to win and to survive. It is hard listening at times, particularly to the descriptions of what happened to tanks and their crews when they were attacked. It also offers considerable insight into the effects on individuals of being engaged in combat, day after day and week after week. The greatest hero of the story is the battalion padre, who took on himself the sole responsibility for recovering the dead tank crews and burying them, an incredibly brave humanitarian.

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  • Jonno
  • 10-28-19

An amazing account of Tank war from an officer who was there.A balanced and human account of a Tank commander of a Sherman Tank.

Good concise account of war from the turret of a British Tank by a young officer.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-14-19

In at the deep end in WW2, Tank Commander at such<br />

In at the deep end in WW2, Tank Commander at such an early age horrific.

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  • Ned
  • 12-03-19

Fast paced

Faultless book. Superb first hand account with really good narration. David Render is a real hero, Normandy to Germany with the odds of survival stacked against him as an inexperienced young tank commander.

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  • Samuel Peacocke
  • 09-22-19

A great story

This book gives a great insight into what it was like to be a junior officer in an armored regiment in Western Europe in WW2

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