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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
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Military
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (657 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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Remarkable, human, intensely moving

Just finished listening to Brothers In Arms by James Holland. Whenever I listen to accounts like this, it's always the last few minutes /pages that hit hardest, when you learn what became of these people after their wartime experiences. When they return to the world, become just faces in the crowd again to 99.99% of observers, their experiences invisible, the scars even less so. They are nearly all gone now, these people, these survivors of such seismic events.
But stop to consider the ones still with us, Korea, Northern Ireland, The Falklands, Iraq, Afghanistan. Little different, still carrying their experiences inside as they pass us by.

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Ordinarily Extraordinary

So many units, like the Big Red 1 or the 101st Airborne, have had their histories written - typically American and typically focusing on a handful of big name actions. But the reality of the fighting through France, Belgium, Holland and Germany especially for British units, was a series of horrible day to day actions with little rest, no glamour and huge casualties. Brothers in Arms vividly paints a picture of the long, terrible grind of the troops involved in the 'Broad Front' fighting of June 1944 - May 1945. The men involved were not, by enlarge, the swashbuckling SAS or Para types, but rather men off the street, thrown into uniform for the duration. Nonetheless they fought incredibly hard for one another and to get the job done. So much of their experience chimes with the family histories up and down Great Britian and the Commonwealth - and Holland brings to life the colour, movement, humour, swagger, fear, horror and aftermath brilliantly. A truly excellent book, probably his finest so far.

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Brilliant book well read

Having listened to Tank Action by David Render I couldn't wait for this book on the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry and I am happy to say I wasn't let down (its by James Holland how could I be) I think Al Murray has improved his audio book reading from the James Holland Book he read on Burma....On another note I wish amazon would fix the useless windows app so it works I couldn't buy this book from the app I had to get it from a web browser as the shop in the app just shows a blank screen plus I couldn't view the pdf included with this book unless I opened the book via a web browser . Its not good enough from a massive company like Amazon They seem to take my money each month ok . Phoning the Audible Helpline was as useless as a chocolate tea pot … yes I reinstalled yes I have the latest updates … yes its a known problem …and yes they don't care !

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"It gave me quite a lump in my throat"

A must read for anyone interested in military history and ww2.
The human cost of war is brilliantly captured by Holland. By focusing on one regiment you get to know the characters as real people who saw and did remarkable things in the course of the war.
Best book on ww2 I've read/listened to by far.

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Marvellous history of the Sherwood Rangers

Epic history of the bravery and fortitude of the men of the Sherwood Rangers ,as they battled through Europe to final victory.
Excellently narrated.

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Wonderfully written and wonderfully read

Great stories of the Sherwood Rangers. I had the pleasure of seeing and hearing Stan Perry just weeks before he passed, he made it seem like they were just any ordinary soldiers; this book certainly says otherwise.

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outstanding read of a brilliant book

rarely do I listen to an Audible book and then want to rush out and buy a hard copy as well, but this is an exception. Al puts in a fantastic effort reading this, it's both harrowing and gripping throughout. highly recommended.

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Marvellous and moving.

Janes Holland has written (and Al Murray has narrated) a marvellous and very moving account of the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry's actions and exploits in WW2. I will be listening to this again, and like Al Murray, will probably build a model tank based on one the SRY vehicles (if you know, you know) Thoroughly recommended

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Brilliant

James Holland writes with such insight and depth but is always able to keep the story line running with human experience of the men involved. He never disappoints with his history and his facts with information about those making the decisions that shaped the outcomes. Very moving at times I now appreciate more than ever what these men achieved.

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Compelling

Great to hear the story of a local regiment - excellent narration by Al Murray

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