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  • Brothers in Arms

  • A Legendary Tank Regiment's Bloody War from D-Day to VE Day
  • By: James Holland
  • Narrated by: Al Murray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (1,050 ratings)

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Brought to you by Penguin.

Read by Al Murray.

From the best-selling author of Normandy '44 and Sicily '43 comes the untold story of the Sherwood Rangers.

It took a certain type of courage to serve in a tank in World War Two. Encased in steel, surrounded by highly explosive shells, a big and slow-moving target, every crew member was utterly vulnerable to enemy attack from all sides. Living - and dying - in a tank was a brutal way to fight a war.

The Sherwood Rangers were one of the great tank regiments. They had learned their trade the hard way, under the burning sun of North Africa, on the battlefields of El Alamein and Alam el Halfa. By the time they landed on Gold Beach on D-Day, they were toughened by experience and ready for combat.

From that moment on, the Sherwood Rangers were in the thick of the action til the war's end. They and their Sherman tanks covered thousands of miles and endured some of the fiercest fighting in Western Europe. The first British unit to cross into Germany, their engagements stretch from the Normandy beaches, to the bridges at Eindhoven, and the grinding crossing of the Siegfried Line and on into the Nazi heartland.

Through compelling eye-witness testimony and James Holland's expert analysis of the war in the West, Brothers In Arms brings to vivid life the final bloody scramble across Europe and gives the most powerful account to date of what it was really like to fight in the dying days of World War Two.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2021 James Holland (P)2021 Penguin Audio
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What a journey!

An incredibly indepth and personal telling of the Sherwood rangers. From the deserts of Africa, to Normandy the onto Germany.
James Holland crafts another brilliant book, doing those who served justice. Expertly narrated by Al Murray.

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A wonderful tribute to the men of the SRY

Without doubt James’ best book so far.

So skilled is he in teasing out the individual humanity of each character that I felt I’d come to know many of them personally by the close of the book.

Deeply moving & also fascinating this stands as a great record of all that was achieved by the SRY & is a fitting testament to those who did & did not make it home.

As ever, brilliantly read by big Al.

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James Hollands best book?

What a tribute to the men of the Sherwood Rangers this is. Covering the journey from Normandy to final victory in North Germany, the book covers in stark detail the very high risks of fighting a determined foe from inside a tank. The men who served were true heroes, the attrition rate horrendous and we all should be so proud of those gallant men who served to enable us to live in a free country. The padre stood out for me, he ensured, at risk to his own life, that every soldier who was killed was buried, grave marked and in many cases dug the graves himself. Astonishing
Special word for the narrator Al Murray, quite superb.
Highly recommended

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Breathtaking bravery

What an excellent listen. The subject matter is mind blowing. Just so very brave and so very young.
I admit really aware of life in tanks and just how perilous it was.
Thanks for this and I highly recommend. I found it helped to slow the reader down just a bit. Found it in settings.
Enjoy. And once again my thanks to the greatest generation.

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Excellent

The author as always puts you in the time and place like few others can. You cannot be not left with a humble and true understanding of what these brave men went through during those long dreadful years where ordinary men had to learn to kill an unrelenting enemy and try to stay alive whilst being committed to seemingly endless actions.

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What a Journey

What a journey, I will listen to this again and again, what a journey what folk do is unbelievable the sacrifice, courage and still keep going
the resources to keep the war machine going unbelievable you forget this is only apart off a big story and more untold bloody brilliant

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5 stars just isn’t enough!

As a duo, Holland and Murray are the epitome of Second World War historians and writers. I am an avid fan of their ‘We Have Ways’ podcast, and I was delighted to find that Al Murray had narrated this book. It is a masterpiece.

At every turn you can feel, hear, taste, smell the armoured warfare. As someone (un)lucky enough to have had a small taste of armoured infantry fighting, I can attest that Holland has absolutely nailed it. I found myself not wanting to get attached to characters in case they might perish in the next paragraph or chapter, realising then how their comrades must have felt. Harrowing does not cut it.

This book is testament to that Regiment, now long forgotten in the Order of Battle of the British Army. We must remember them, and their ordeals, as we once again face war in Europe.

Thank you James and Al, for bringing this amazing story and its characters to life. Please don’t stop doing what you do.

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Fantastic wartime sory

James yet again tells an amazing story, From the lads that were actually there. I was gripped from start to finish. The way he conveys how it felt for the lads on the ground during those terrible times is outstanding.

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fantastic book

interesting and informative book. it was well narrated by Al Murray and easily to listen to

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amazing story

There are so many brave men in this book but Skinner stands out as one of the best.

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