Hard Fighting: A History of the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry, 1900–1946

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Pen and Sword, Apr 30, 2016 - History - 352 pages
This account, following on from Unicorns - The History of the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry 1794- 1899, covers the Regiments war service between 1900 and 1945.During the Boer War the SRY formed part of the first volunteer unit to see active service overseas fighting the Boer Commandos as cavalry. For its role in the ill-fated 1915 Gallipoli campaign, the Regiment was awarded the Kings Colour and then fought Allenbys victorious campaign against the Turks.During the Second World War the Regiment initially saw service in Palestine, at the siege of Tobruk and the fall of Crete. After acting as Special Forces in Ethiopia, they were converted to armour and fought through from Alamein to Tripoli before returning to North-west Europe for D-Day and the advance to Germany. In so doing they won thirty Battle Honours and 159 awards including eighty-three for gallantry.General Sir Brian Horrocks later wrote no armoured regiment can show a finerrecord of hard fighting. Hence the title of this invaluable regimental history.

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Abyssinia Tobruk Benghazi and Crete
Armoured Training
Battle of Alam el Halfa
Advance on Tripoli
Battle of Tebaga
From a Scent to a View
The Beginning of the End 1944

Pursuit of Steyn and de
Guerrilla Warfare
Second Squadron
Palestine Redeployment
Palestine Reorganization and Repositioning
Palestine The Affair of Abu Tulul
A Peace Fit for Heroes
Battle for Normandy
Pursuit into Belgium
Final Advance
Authors Comment
Battle Honours

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About the author (2016)

Jonathan Hunt is a retired solicitor. He joined the Territorial Army in 1963 and transferred into the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry Squadron of the Royal Yeomanry in 1969. He commanded the Squadron from 1975 – 1978, the Royal Yeomanry from 1979 to 1982 for which he was appointed an OBE and retired in 1995 as a full Colonel.

He was the Honorary Colonel of the Sherwood Rangers from 1994 to 2004 and has been Chairman of the Old Comrades Association since 1993. He wrote the companion volume Unicorns - The History of the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry 1794 – 1899.
Married with two sons, he lives near Worksop.

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