A detailed history 79th Armoured Division from October 1942 to June 1945. This book was written just after the end of the Second World War and is the complete history of the 79th Armoured Division, "Hobart's Funnies," which were so instrumental in ensuring that the British beaches on D-Day were taken, and which went on to offer such important support to infantry operations (in particular) right up to the end of the war with Germany. The books covers the preparatory period when the idea of the specialised armour of the division was first conceived, and the follows the division as it fought its way ashore on 6 June 1944, and throughout its advance from France into Holland. It shows how the division took part in the Ardennes battles of the winter, 1944/45, advanced into the Rhineland, crossed the Rhine and then moved on Hamburg. The story is told in great detail and is backed by many colour maps (including detailed invasion beach maps) and an abundance of black and white photographs taken by the participants during operations in Europe. This is a must for anyone interested in armour or in infantry support weapons. Complete in one volume.