• Brothers in Arms

  • One Legendary Tank Regiment’s Bloody War from D-Day to VE-Day
  • By: James Holland
  • Narrated by: Al Murray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (142 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The renowned historian and author of Normandy ’44 recounts the operations and personal experiences of the legendary Sherwood Rangers during WWII.

One of the last cavalry units to ride horses into battle, the Sherwood Rangers were transformed into a “mechanized cavalry” of tanks in 1942. After winning acclaim in the North African campaign, they spearheaded one of the D-Day landings in Normandy and became the first British troops to cross into Germany. Their courage, skill, and tenacity contributed mightily to the surrender of Germany in 1945.

Inspired by Stephen Ambrose’s Band of Brothers, historian James Holland profiles this extraordinary group of citizen soldiers. Informed by never-before-seen documents, letters, photographs, and other artifacts from Sherwood Rangers’ families, Holland offers a uniquely intimate portrait of the war at ground level.

Brothers in Arms introduces heroes such as Commanding Officer Stanley Christopherson, squadron commander John Semken, Sergeant George Dring, and others who helped their regiment earn the most battle honors of any in British army history. Weaving their exploits into the larger narrative of D-Day to V-E Day, Holland offers fresh analysis and perspective on the endgame of WWII in Europe. 

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Masterpiece

James Holland does it again. Superb account paying tribute to some incredible men and machines. The horror of war is plain to see, and we can only be grateful that the story of the Sherwood Rangers has been so well captured and recorded. Well done James, superbly read Al 👌🙏🏻

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  • 01-11-22

Heartbreaking

Sometimes it was hard to follow names of enlisted men just because of the casual disposal this war took on their soul. I found myself feeling lucky to not endure this myself and even further that my grandpa even made it back to make a family. James Holland is an engaging writer (I found this book from a youtube channel he plugged it on) and it's a story I wasn't familiar with, considering my heavily American centric upbringing. The narration was great and easy to follow in spite of any accent. I had a few words to look up or ask my British friends for help with but given the context I kept up OK.

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  • 01-03-22

All the details

Starts out slow in the sense that I was worried he would just be giving in personal and general descriptions of campaigns. But once they head to Normandy, it gets engrossing very quickly for those interested in military histories. He covers details from personal equipment and the relative merits of tanks, to the impact of the continuous stress on the emotions of the participants, to super interesting anecdotes about encounters with German prisoners. I loved the clipped style of writing for some of the battle sequences. It really gives you a picture of the moment by moment experience of fighting in Europe. And the narrator was really great. Perfect pacing.

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Great Story!

James Holland is my favorite author on World War II. I love the fact that he tells how things really transpired on a day-to-day basis. Everyone currently believes that the last nine months of World War II was a cakewalk and it was anything but that! The current narrative is that the Sherman tank was a terrible tank that caught on fire if you threw a rock at it! Read the book to find out exactly how Shermans performed and how they helped to win the war.

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Biased and gives a false narrative

The book is entertaining in its description if the action and characters, but is completely disappointing. The author foolishly takes the greatest single tank encounter in history and minimizes it down to a couple of sentences. What Michael Wittman did at Villers Broucage was remarkable. Regardless of which side he fought for, Wittman single handed annihilated a column of enemy armor and troop transports, then went into the town and destroyed at least 3 more tanks while his tank was knocked out. He kept fighting then climbed out and walked back to his line with his crew. The author's bias is ridiculous.

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Excellent Book

As a former tanker ( US Peacetime 1980s ) and Combat Veteran in Iraq and Afghanistan in the Spec Ops field, I found this book riveting. The history of the unit and its men is amazing and the fighting in the last year of the war was harsh. The close in combat is just emotionally draining as you hear it from those who did it. As a reader, you will become invested in this Regiment and their fight. I found the performance spot on. This is hand down the best book on armored warfare at the tactical and operational level I have “read” in a long time.

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good book, narrator difficult to understand

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Just Incredible

Loved the incredible detail provided by the author. The tension, smells, sounds, and fear of being crammed into a steel can trying to hunt while being hunted.