Perhaps of greater significance was the successful deployment of a single company of Mk II light tanks. Their invulnerability to rifle fire and cross-country mobility quickened the pace of operations as tanks could easily advance through tribal positions.
Two companies of Mk II and Mk IIb Light Tanks were employed when ground permitted in sections or sub-sections to carry out reconnaissance, protect flanks, cover withdrawals and directly attack lashkars, adding to the strength and quickening the pace of movement
Memory has let me down here i cant remember the author, but he was the tank driver in the programe, jack? ?
His book is outstanding, he was 5rtr untill his death a few weeks before the war in europe ended
A great insight into how bad our equipment held up at the start of the war, Probably through bad MoD procurement and planning (some things never change)
I felt like giving them old tankies a hug as they bravely talked about their shocking experiences losing comrades on camera, that's balls.
They could have focused more on the diaries, But that's just what I found most interesting.
If they had taught more first hand 'grit' about the war in schools we may not have a large percentage of un-patriotic, spineless fcukwits demanding hand-outs today.
Very good program I thought. Will be interesting to see how it covers the Normandy breakout. Will he be a Monty lover or a Monty Basher? Personally while not believing he was an armoured genius, I sympathize with Monty owing to the chronic shortage of Infantry by 1944 meaning he had to husband his infantry divisions. Indeed I would sacrifice machines over men, but feel sorry for the Tankies who were sacrificed in the machines.