To encapsulate the British Army in one book is no easy task, but here, George Forty presents it as it was during the Second World War. When war was declared in 1939, the British Army was very much the "cinderella" of the three armed services with a total strength of around 865,000 men. However, just four years later when the Allies invaded North West Europe, the British Army had grown into a powerful, well-organized and well-equipped fighting force of three million men and women. George Forty here presents a comprehensive overview of the British Army during this important time. It has full details of mobilization and training, higher organization and arms of the service; divisional organizations and non-divisional units; HQs and staff; the combat arms and the services; the individual soldier, his weapons and equipment based on that used in 1944; tactics; weapons, vehicles and equipment; vehicle markings and camouflage; the ATS and other women's corps. Fully illustrated with an unusual collection of photographs and line illustrations, this is a valuable reference guide for anyone interested in this fascinating period of British history.
Lieutenant Colonel George Forty OBE, FMA has written many books, including Leakey's Luck, The Japanese Army Handbook and The US Army Handbook. He served in the British Army for 32 years with the Royal Tank Regiment