The Memoirs of Bill Close By Bill Close
Bill Close had a remarkable war. In campaign after campaign, from the defence of Calais in 1940 to the defeat of Germany in 1945, he served as a tank commander in the Royal Tank Regiment - and he survived. His tanks were hit eleven times by enemy shellfire and he baled out.
He was wounded three times. He finished the war as one of the most experienced and resourceful of British tank commanders, and in later life he set down his wartime experiences in graphic detail. His book is not only an extraordinary memoir - it is also a compelling account of the exploits of the Royal Tank Regiment throughout the conflict.
As a record of the day-to-day experience of the tank crew of seventy years ago - of the conditions they faced and the battles they fought it has rarely been equalled.
Very good service from the Tank Museum shop. I had originally ordered this book a along with one other but it appeared out of stock, however the shop staff took the time and made the effort and managed to find me a copy and we added it on to my order.
Having previously read A Tankies's Travels. by Jock Watt. I wanted to add further knowledge concerning life in the Second world war with the 3 RTR.
The book is well written and very entertaining about life and survival in, France, Western desert, Greece, and N.W. Europe.
You will not learn much of the historic story of the war, as this is a personal account of the authors. It is very interesting to Witness the development of the perspective of Bill Close as he survives and is promoted from a sergeant inexperienced in war to finally becoming a major with command of a squadron of Tanks.
The only confusing thing about the book is the Selection of photographs, most of which are of neither the tanks nor the campaigns that the author was involved with. Hence only 4 star.