Hobart's 79th Armoured Division At War: Invention, Innovation And Inspiration By
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Hobart's 79th Armoured Division At War by Richard Doherty
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Description Major General Percy Hobart was one of the key figures in WW2 armoured warfare. Hobarts Funnies the array of specialist weapons be invented are a continuing source of interest. 79 Armoured Division, which Hobart created, trained and commanded, were crucial to the success of the D-Day Landings and drive to Germany.Publisher Description
Hobart's reputation as an armoured warfare specialist began in the pre-war era. In 1923 he transferred from the Royal Engineers to the Royal Tank Corps and quickly established himself as one of the foremost thinkers on armoured warfare. By 1938 he was GOC Mobile Division, later 7th Armoured Division, in Egypt. Unable to suffer fools at all, he was relieved of his command (sacked!) in 1939, retired in 1940 and became a corporal in the Home Guard.
At Winston Churchill's inspired behest, he was ordered to create and command 11th Armoured Division. Although he trained the new division to a very high standard, he was seen as too old to lead it in action he was 57. Instead he was told to form 79th Armoured Division and design specialized armoured vehicles necessary to breach the Atlantic Wall. The Division played a major part in the D-Day landings and the subsequent campaign in NW Europe. Hobart's Funnies included mine-clearing tanks, bridge-carrying tanks, flamethrowers, swimming tanks and amphibious assault vehicles.
Brigades and units of the Division were deployed wherever they were needed by Second (British) and First (Canadian) Armies and no major operation between Normandy and the final victory took place without them present.
Percy Hobart's skills played a significant part in the final Allied victory and the lasting tribute to that vision was the adoption by all armies of the specialized funnies that his Division introduced to modern warfare.
This book is based on official records, published materials and personal recollections.
Richard Doherty is recognised as Ireland's leading military history author. He is the author of The Thin Green Line The History of the RUC GC, In the Ranks of Death, and Helmand Mission With the Royal Irish Battlegroup in Afghanistan 2008 and numerous other titles with Pen and Sword Books. He lives near LondonderryDetails
- ISBN 1526731525
- ISBN-13 9781526731524
- Title Hobart's 79th Armoured Division At War
- Author Richard Doherty
- Format Paperback
- Year 2018
- Pages 256
- Publisher Pen & Sword Books Ltd
- Dimensions6.2 in. x 9.1 in.
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