May 1940: Sergeant Jack Tanner has been posted to a training company on the southeast coast of England where the mysterious deaths of two Polish refugees lead him to believe there has been foul play. As the Germans launch their blitzkrieg in Europe, the entire company are sent to join the battle to stop Hitler's drive across the Low Countries. Pitted against the die-hard Nazis of the SS "Death's Head" division and the great panzer commander, General Rommel himself, it is left to Tanner to get his men back to Allied lines. But if they are to have any hope of surviving the mayhem of Dunkirk, Tanner must first deal with an enemy far more deadly than the Germans....
©2009 James Holland (P)2012 Magna Publishing, Random House Audiobooks
I'm a kind of Death Wish stamp collector
This is great stuff, extremely well researched and believable with exquisite detail but it never glorifies war it far too realistic.
I think that the Battle of France and the near distruction of the BEF is dramatic enough material for the author without reaching for formula of a wicked Company Sargeant Major and a Commanding Officer who cannot recognise Tanner as the super soldier he is.
Some recognition of his achievements in Norway would be nice. Tanner hits his head hard on the reset button and would have been better off shooting Oden for all the use it does his career.
Tanner left Norway with no promotion and no medals. Seems implausable
Jack Tanner clenches his fists with rage (he does this alot) throughout the BEF retreat in France fighting not only the Germans but also the wicked Obadiah Hakeswill (Sgt Blackstone) and the idiot Upperclass Commanding Officer who does not recognise Tanner's ability.
Tanner who can smell a German ambush from 11km away, always walks into Hakewill's traps and ends up mistrusted and disliked by the CO and robbed of his promotion.
Looking forward to 3rd book, Tanner clenching during the Retreat in Crete
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