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Tank Action

An Armoured Troop Commander's War 1944-45
Narrated by: Roger Davis
Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
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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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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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Very listenable

Well narrated, very absorbing, great glimpse into life inside a Sherman tank and the true horrors of it all.

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disappointed of the story

story of a tank commander who missed all the actions...lucky guy. Respect your war effort by the way.

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  • JimT
  • 21-12-2019

Must Read

I have been on a WW2 kick lately, listening to audio books during my lengthy commute. This was hands down the best book I have read/listened to in quite some time. It’s probably better that it was an audiobook, because I likely wouldn’t have gotten much sleep once I started it. As a former tank officer, I appreciate his descriptions of life in an armor unit. He book, like a certain coffee claims to be, was good to the last drop.

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  • per
  • 22-09-2019

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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  • Geoggsg
  • 05-05-2020

One of the best tank combat books I have read

An excellent book. Great detail and pulls no punches regarding command structures, senior officers and other ranks (although I suspect that some names were changed in the latter group). Together, the author and co-writer do an excellent job of marrying the strategic, tactical and personal aspects of tank warfare in NW Europe. After 70 odd years I can forgive the very, very few factual errors - Welsh Guards 2nd btn/Guards Armoured Div liberated Brussels and not the separate 6th Guards Armoured division - my dad was in the second WG Cromwell into Brussels. An excellent memoir from a very brave boy and man about a tremendously accomplished British regiment - The Sherwood Rangers.

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  • Mike from Houston
  • 17-02-2020

A must read for any tank platoon leader

As the words flowed from the narrator, it took me back to my days as a tank platoon leader. The story is compelling and is repeat with all of the small interactions only known by me who ride steel into battle.

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  • Michael A. Barnacascel
  • 24-12-2019

It Doesn't Get Any Better!

Great story, well read, couldn't put it down. Now I think I shall read it again.

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  • Bergeonfu
  • 30-11-2019

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-09-2019

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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  • Darla Duran
  • 18-09-2020

This could be called "why the Sherman".

A very interesting insight on British tankers in Europe in the days just following D day. Well read and full of insights of the life of a tank crew in what must be called the Allie's WORST tank of WW-2. I know there were the other British tanks that could be listed as worse tanks. But the Sherman was ours. We must have known about the German tanks. Armor and main guns that were so deviating for the Sherman. And I've always wanted to know why exactly, did we send so many to war with this piece of junk. No answers here but still a book well worth reading.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-08-2020

War from the turret of a British tank

This is a wonderful story a British tank commander in World War II. allows you to live in the skin of the tank and the skin of the tank commander. you would learn what it is like 2 bail out of a tank on fire, 2 lose a friend who had just saved your life, 2 experience the Pride and the pain of serving with men who depended upon you 4life as you depended upon them.

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  • Tony
  • 08-07-2020

Excellent .listen

ZTruthful well done litany -very much worth a listen I highly recommend it's to get some idea of the horror of war

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  • Iolis
  • 28-09-2019

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
  • 25-11-2019

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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  • Sophisticate
  • 17-11-2019

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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  • H. Tollyfield
  • 12-11-2019

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 20-04-2020

Hard to put down

Fascinating and makes you wonder how these brave men started every day knowing there was a very high probability that they would be killed. As 'tankers' they faced a gruesome death being burned alive in their 'brewed up' tank.

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  • J. T.
  • 04-04-2020

Best book I ever read

Brilliant. You cannot miss this. Just buy it. Best military book I’ve ever read. And I have thousands!

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  • robert
  • 14-11-2019

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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  • Jonno
  • 28-10-2019

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
  • 14-10-2019

In at the deep end in WW2, Tank Commander at such

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

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  • Robert Currie
  • 27-10-2020

Excellent

This is a first-hand account of the fighting in Normandy is thoroughly informative, detailed, fascinating and poignant.