David Fletcher WW2 Books Republished by The Tank Museum

The Tank Museum is republishing David Fletcher’s popular book on the 79th Armoured Division.

The launch joins the existing range of republished David Fletcher titles including British Armour in the Second World War and Tiger! The Tiger Tank: A British View.

Originally published in 1984, but out of print for many years, Vanguard of Victory covers the history and development of the 79th Armoured Division.

Later known as ‘Hobart’s Funnies’, the Division became a unique formation crucial to the success of the D-Day landings.

Simon Prager, Head of Commercial Operations, says, “This new release is the next stage in The Tank Museum’s program to republish David Fletcher’s early work for a reasonable price.

“This new edition has been given a 21st century makeover, with new images from The Tank Museum Archive. Vanguard of Victory is an essential title for people with an interest in the Second World War.”

Vanguard or Victory book.

With Major General Percy Hobart in command, the 79th Armoured Division was formed to develop and put into action a range of specialist armour that would lead the Allies in the invasion of France.

These ‘funny tanks’ had attachments to meet the challenges posed at the D-Day beaches, such as flails to destroy mines, ramps to make bridges, bulldozer blades, and screens to make them float. The Sherman Crab, Sherman Duplex Drive and Churchill Crocodile – all of which can be seen at The Tank Museum – were amongst the vehicles used.

“The success of the previous republished David Fletcher titles has proven paramount in generating critical funds for The Tank Museum”.

All funds generated by The Tank Museum’s Online Shop directly goes back into preserving the Museum’s unique collection.

The first 1000 pre-orders before 14 April will receive a certificate from the author, David Fletcher, and their name in the acknowledgements section.

All the publications are available to buy at