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Sounds interesting Alan. Although I have a fair few first hand accounts by WW2 veterans in the 'library' I don't have this one; I might search it out.
Those who fought in WW2 are becoming very elderly and their ranks are thinning fast, so recollections of past meetings and conversations are to be cherished...as are of course their written accounts.
I remember a fascinating conversation I had with an ex-8th Army tankman at Bovington Tank Museum ten or so years ago. I chanced on being there at the Museum on one of the days when they had some old tankmen in to speak to the public about their army careers. He'd been part of a Crusader crew and had fought at El Alamein. Being sensitive to veterans usually not wanting to talk about their actual battle experiences, I asked him instead what everyday life was like in the desert. He gave a full and interesting account of the tankman's routine, and I'd summarise his crew's main concerns in order of priority as (1) food and drink (2) daytime heat, and how to manage it and (3) maintenance of their tank...I'm assuming that their DAK opponents came in somewhere around (4).
Just an ordinary 'tanker', but an old soldier and a hero in his own way....and a very nice gent.
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