I have just finished reading The Churchill Tank and the Canadian Armoured Corps by Mark W. Tonner and I have to say it was a great read. The book covers in detail the acquisition and use of the Churchill tank by the 1st Canadian Army Tank Brigade (CATB).
The 126-page softcover book from Service Publications is filled with great photos and charts of information. The introduction states the much of the text comes from the earlier booklet The Churchill in Canadian Service (Service Publications, 2010), but this book is much more then that.
The book is very well written, with some minor editorial issues - I did find one location where a paragraph was duplicated. That one minor issue does not detract from the content and its great description of not only the Churchill tank, but the units it was deployed with. The book describes all Marks that were deployed to Canadian units with full specifications.
The book breaks down as follows:
Bristh Development of the Infantry Tank Mark IV, Churchill(A22)
General Description of the Infantry Tank Mark IV, Churchill
The Churchill in Canadian Armoured Corps Service from July 1941 to April 1942
The Chruchill Rework Program
The Churchill in Canadian Armoured Corps Service from May 1942 to August 1942
Dieppe, 19 August 1942
The Churchill in Canadian Armoured Corps Service from August 1942 to May 1943
Variants of the Churchill tank operated by the Canadian Armoured Corps
The Calgary Regiment's involvment with trials for Churchill tank-delivered "Explosive Devices"
The Infantry Tank Mark IV, Churchill in Canada
Marking on Canadian crewed Churchill tanks
The Infantry Tank Mark IV, Chuchill located in Canadian Museums today
The book contains about 124 pictures and illustrations of great quality that are informative, with a description for every picture. The book also contains about 26 tables with information about numbers of Marks deployed per unit, etc. Both pictures and tables round out the book making it very comprehensive. Also included is a coloured illustration of the markings used on Canadian Churchills.
Some areas of the book that I found interesting were the detailed description of the Churchill and the Dieppe raid. I have read a few books on the Dieppe raid, but none have gone into the detail of the use of the Churchill like this book. I also found in very interesting how the Canadians helped in the development of the tank, as the 1 CATB was an early adopter of this tank.
Overall, The Churchill Tank and the Canadian Armoured Corps is a great book and well worth the read. It would make a great book for any armor enthusiasts collection. I highly recommend the book.
Highs: Great in-depth description of the Churchill tank and its use by the Canadian Armour Corps. Very well written.Lows: Some very minor editing issues.Verdict: Highly recommended book, great addition to any collection.
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