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September 14, 2016

A Turret View of Normandy - Part 3: Talking with Tank Commander Captain David Render

Welcome to another edition of the Veteran Podcast Archive with Lawrence and Ross, here at WW2Nation.com 

In our third and final episode of speaking with Captain David Render about his experience as a Tank Troop Commander with the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry in WW2, we discover the differences between the Allied and German Tanks, the German Tiger and Panther's vulnerabilities, the reality of running these gigantic machines - which meant fuel and a lot of it. We also learn how best to force the German Tanks out of hiding and the way in which David would employ his troop to deal with this threat. 

We hear about a few very close calls, including a friendly fire incidence with Hawker Typhoons, and also discover the reality of mail, post and censorship on the front line, as well as finally discussing the history behind the tactics that were taught at Sandhurst to David during his time here. 

We hope you have found this interview of interest. And if you wish to find out even more about David's story and that of the S-R-Y as they battled their way across Normandy and towards the heart of the Third Reich, David alongside historian and author Stuart Tootal has recently released a book of his memoirs called Tank Action: An Armoured Troop Commander's War 1944-45. 

Finally if you know somebody, a relative or friend perhaps who served during the Second World War and is willing to talk with us about their experience, please do feel free to get in contact with us via our contact us form. We look forward to hearing from you. 

A massive thank you to David for kindly taking the time to speak with us about his experiences, and of course also to you for listening. Thanks for all your incredible support and we look forward to you joining us again soon for the next instalment of the Veteran Podcast Archive. 

Thanks for listening.

Music Featured: Hearts & Flowers by Jeff Kaale 


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