By Pat Ware
During this significant other quantity to British Tanks: the second one global battle, Pat Ware presents a professional advent to the layout, creation and operation of British tanks considering that 1945. Fewer varieties of tank have been outfitted than in the course of the wartime interval, however the complexity of layout and manufacture elevated, and a degree of technical sophistication within the key parts of armor, firepower and mobility was once past the imaginings of the tank pioneers of the 1st international battle.
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In light of the capture of Salonika, the commander of the group, General Maitland Wilson, decided that a defense in the of Greece's northwestern frontier was futile. Instead, he would set up his main defensive line in an arc extending westward from the Aegean coast near Mount Olympus to the Aliakmon River a position that conceded northern Greece to the Germans hut guarded the main approaches to Athens. To delay the German onslaught, Wilson deployed a rear guard on — the panzers' route of advance, ninety miles southwest of the Metaxas Line, and supported it with squadrons of the British Royal Air Force based south of his main line of defense.