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By David Fletcher

The Covenanter (which by no means observed lively provider) and Crusader Cruiser tanks have been built among 1939 and 1940. The Crusader first observed motion within the North African wilderness in June 1941: its velocity and glossy layout made it a troublesome goal to hit, and the tank was once well-respected by way of the Afrikakorps for its pace in strive against. yet its moved quickly improvement sooner than global battle II additionally made it liable to mechanical failure. This publication examines the Covenanter and the various versions of the Crusader tank, detailing the designs, advancements and disappointments of those notorious global conflict II tanks.

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A second attack had driven in the 8th Brigade on the right, which enabled the Germans to get behind the two companies of the 13th King's Liverpool who were in the front line. These men fought to the end and were last seen standing on the parapet without a thought of surrender. At the same time a company of the Northumberland Fusiliers on their left shared their fate, save for one officer and twelve men who survived. The front line of the 8th Brigade had now ceased to exist, but the reserve line still held.

The division was worn to a shadow, and yet the moment that the German attack seemed to ease both they and the Fourth Division on their north advanced their front. In this single bloody day the Fifteenth Division lost 94 officers and 2223 men, but there can be no doubt that their action, with that of the Third Division and the Fourth on either side of them, was the main determining factor in the whole of this vast battle. C. of Colenso) with his Brigadiers, Hilliard, Allgood, and Lumsden, might well be proud of the way they held the pass.

Whilst these stirring events had been in progress in the south, the north of the line had slowly drawn back in order to preserve conformity. The Seventeenth Corps, as already stated, were to the west of Monchy, and the left of the Sixth Corps was on the line of Henin, where the Third Division occupied a strong defensive position. This was strongly attacked upon the forenoon of March 24, especially on the 8th Brigade front, which was the right of the line, the Germans swarming up from the south-east of Henin and trying hard to work up the Henin-Neuville-Vitasse road.

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