Now available for pre-order, David Fletcher’s 1984 title on the 79th Armoured Division is to be republished with a 21st Century makeover.
Originally published by HMSO in 1984 but out of print for many years, Vanguard of Victory: The 79th Armoured Division joins the growing number of David Fletcher’s early work to be republished by The Tank Museum.
The 79th Armoured Division was formed to develop and put into action a range of specialist armour that would lead the Allies in the invasion of France.
With Major General Percy Hobart in command, vehicles like the Sherman Crab and Churchill Crocodile would become known as “Hobarts Funnies” – making their battlefield debut on D-Day.
David looks at the history of specialised armour, the development of the vehicles that would see action, and examines the some of the actions in which they took part – all illustrated by newly rescanned images from The Tank Museum archive.
If you are among the first 1000 to order, your copy will include a signed certificate from the author, David Fletcher and your name will feature in the acknowledgments section of the book*. Please note: the name put in the acknowledgments will be taken from the billing name, unless otherwise specified in the notes section of the order.
*Orders must be placed before 14 April.
Copies will be available to ship from early June 2023.