Strick

Tank Hero of Arras

Tim Strickland

The biography of "Strick," the tank hero of Arras who rose to become a general.
Date Published :
July 2021
Publisher :
Casemate
Contributor(s) :
Major-General, Sir Laurence New CB, CBE, CCMI
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781612009858
Pages : 384
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : Not Yet Published. Available for Pre-Order
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Overview
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Major-General Eugene Vincent Michael Strickland CMG, DSO, OBE, MM, CStJ, Star of Jordan – Strick – rose from penniless hardship to great military distinction. He was a tank man, a war hero who fought in France, North Africa and Italy during World War II, and whose name is revered even today among regiments that he commanded.

His is the extraordinary tale of a man who gained a Regular Commission in the Indian Army from Sandhurst, but resigned soon afterwards. After a series of intriguing adventures, he then enlisted as a private soldier in the Royal Tank Corps. In May 1940, he played a major part in the counterattack at Arras, where two British infantry tank battalions held up the German advance for three days, enabling the success of the Dunkirk evacuation – and perhaps saving Britain from ultimate defeat in the process.

Strick's outstanding success as a troop-sergeant in France saw him immediately (re-)commissioned, and his rise to high command was then swift. He commanded the leading Squadron of North Irish Horse in Tunisia 1943, and then commanded the North Irish Horse in its greatest battle, the breaking of the Hitler Line, in Italy in 1944. He served in seven regiments and had four regimental commands. This book focuses on his experience during World War II, drawing out the unique qualities required of leaders in close-combat battle, the particular demands of armored infantry cooperation, and how an individual can make a success of such a rapid rise through the ranks during wartime.

This fine story of adventure and achievement is brought alive by Strick’s remarkable correspondence – he wrote home to his family every second or third day throughout the war, except when action was too fierce to write – supplemented by the recollections of his comrades and years of archival research. More than a portrait of a gifted and morally courageous man, this biography also offers an insight into the arts of command and tactical control, and the difficulties of a family life fragmented by war.

About The Author
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Tim Strickland studied at University College, Oxford and became a professional archaeologist and historian. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, has published a series of research papers and books and in 2003 was made MBE for services to archaeology. In retirement he has turned his mind to researching and writing about his father’s life, in the course of which he has walked over and studied all the sites of his father’s actions in World War II.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
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1 India
2 England
3 To Follow the Drum
4 The Royal Tank Corps
5 Peace Before the Storm
6 Unto the Breach
7 Striking Back
8 Rearguard Actions
9 Escape to Dunkirk
10 Re-Commissioned
11 25 Army Tank Brigade
12 Return to Action
13 Longstop to Victory
14 Marking Time
15 Regimental Command
16 Entr'acte
17 To Italy
18 Prelude to Battle
19 Breaking the Hitler Line
20 Aftermath
21 Italian Scenarios
22 Advance to the Gothic Line
23 Through the Gothic Line
24 Impasse
25 Battle for San Martino
26 The Last Ridge
27 Winter in the Romagna
28 Intermezzo
29 Monty's Foxhounds
30 Home Again

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