By Wilbur A. Smith
It truly is 1667 and the effective naval battle among the Dutch and the English nonetheless rages. Sir Francis Courtney and his son Hal, of their combating caravel, are on patrol off southern Africa, mendacity in stay up for a galleon of the Dutch East India corporation arriving from the Orient weighted down with spices, bushes and gold... 'The scope is great and the epic scale breathtaking ... Wilbur Smith is one in every of thos benchmarks agains whom others are compared' the days 'Meticulous examine helps consistent pleasure in a fast-moving tale' Washington submit.
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We seemed to be in a shallow basin of desert with a few groups of palm trees which were growing near the wadi. "There were quite a few bodies of our infantry boys lying still in the sand obviously having been caught in the shelling of the previous night. Our tanks fanned out with a reasonable space between each tank. We were then halted and nothing else seemed to be happening. We climbed cautiously out of our turrets. Still nothing happened and after a while we had a 'brew up' during which we noticed a few puffs of sand spurting up and realised we were in fact being sniped at from fairly long range.
I . Catching up with the n ews. vIail and Eighth Army News, so that everyone could have a look at the few copies available. [IWM '. ' the tanks of C Sqn 40th RTR. This practice was not carried out whilst in con tac t wi th the enemy. Failure to observe this rule could lead to severe casualties. [IWM A moment to remember. A Valentine of 40th RTR carrying Gordon Highlanders, is the first tank into Tripoli on January 26,1943. [IWM A 40th RTR Valentine trundles through the streets of Tripoli on January 26, 1943, the day the town was captured.
A. Maclaren, commanding the tank action. On reporting to Rickie Richards, I was encouraged to hear from hLrn that the general situation was clarifying to our advantage and that the efforts of the Australians and our Valentine tanks was to be maintained. Encouraged by this, I set off again to rejoin the battle, still going on around Thompson's Post under Dick Maclaren. On approaching the Post over the Stake Track, my tank was hit by an anti-tank round, presumably from Thompson's Post. With the dust and smoke, it was difficult to locate the gun position and before we could do this, we were hit again three times in succession.
Birds of Prey (Courtney Family: Third Sequence, Book 1) by Wilbur A. Smith