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Warriors for the Working Day Warriors for the Working Day is a novel written by Peter Elstob published in 1960 with later translations into other languages The novel is based on events from June 1944 during the Battle of Normandy to the invasion of Germany in the Spring of 1945 The book describes fighting by the men of a small unit of British tanks during this period with the focus on one tank crew The novel is highly realistic as it is based on Elstob's experience in the war as a tank crewmember

6 thoughts on “Warriors for the Working Day

  1. Cathy Cathy says:

    By focusing predominantly on the experiences of the five men who form the tank crew – those very much at “the sharp end” of the fighting – the author creates a vivid picture of the reality of living for much of the time in what the Germans referred to as ‘Tommy cookers’ so called because of the Sherman tank’s propensity to burst into flames when hit As the men of One Troop discover a tank with its hatches closed is like “a blind monster at the mercy of a fast sharp eyed enemy” and an enemy with superior fire power to boot It was even worse for the tank commander in the turret Despite the fact their head was a prime target for an enemy sniper it was impossible in practice to command a tank with the turret closedThe reader really gets to know the individual characters in particular Brook and become invested in their feelings and their welfare Their letters home downplaying the danger they face and full of hopes and plans for the future are incredibly poignant especially since the reader is aware they probably won’t all make it As those higher up the chain of command congratulate themselves on successes hard won by those on the front line the contrast with the experiences of the tank crews becomes even starkAs the book elouently shows battle fatigue – mental as much as physical – becomes a major issue even if the men themselves may not realise it “Most of them were unaware that anything much was wrong with them for they were uncomplicated men not given to introspection They knew they were frightened but they knew that everyone else was frightened too and had come to realise that wars are fought by a few frightened men facing each other – the sharp end of the sword”Each man at one point or another wonders about his capacity to carry on and whether he has reached breaking point With echoes of Catch 22 one muses “He could go to the MO and say he had had enough but as long as you could go and say that you’d had enough you were still able to direct your mind and your body and you hadn’t had enough”The men are bound together by an inspiring sense of camaraderie that means even when ordered to advance into dangerous territory and offered the chance to reduce their personal risk the feeling is “Look if you’re a tank crew you’re a tank crew Either we all bale out or we all stay in“As well as being a compelling human story I learned a lot from Warriors for the Working Day For example the different roles in a tank crew – commander driver co driver gunner and wireless operator – and the recipe for the rather disgusting sounding “burgoo” Army biscuits dissolved in tinned milk slowly heated in a mess tin with treacle or brown sugar if you’re wonderingThe book’s title comes from Shakespeare’s play Henry V The mention of that play always conjures up in my mind an image of Kenneth Branagh in his terrific 1989 film version or Laurence Olivier in the splendid earlier version made in 1944 Incidentally the latter was intended as a wartime morale booster and was partly funded by the British government Leading his bedraggled army through France Henry says “We are but warriors for the working day But by the mass our hearts are in the trim”Brook and his crew members certainly demonstrate their “hearts are in the trim” as they endure the close confinement of the tank’s interior and the constant need to stay alert aware that any moment could be their last As one of the final missions described in the book ends in disarray and confusion it illustrates – if further illustration was needed – the futility of war and the sheer waste of young lives it representsThe following uotation from historian James Holland sums up my feelings about the book exactly “Few other novels of the war describe the grinding claustrophobia violence and lethal danger of being in a tank crew with the stark vividness of Peter Elstob a forgotten classic that deserves to be read and read”

  2. Lel Budge Lel Budge says:

    Based on Peter Elstob’s personal experience of tank warfare Warriors For The Working Day is a tale of fear and the horrors of warIt really captures the heat and aggression of a tank battle mixed with the claustrophobia of being baked in a flammable tin can with a crew of men all battling their own demons doubts and fear at the same timeIncredibly compelling and a must read for any fan of classic war fictionThank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour for the promotional materials and a copy of the book This is my honest unbiased review

  3. John McNair John McNair says:

    I had read a vignette one which didn't come to light in this book but was based on his time a a tank commander by Peter Elstob in an old History of the Second World War magazine published in the 1970s in the UK and saw he had written a book this one I am reviewing I found it in a Kindle version for about 7 and thought why not? First though do take the time to read the Wiki on Elstob what a life As for Warriors for the Working Day well I found it simply outstanding Elstob is sadly long gone but he has left a true gem and I am very grateful to the Imperial War Museum for featuring it in their series It is so much enjoyable to read of this type of very soldier level narrative from a British rather than an American point of view The writing is crisp clear and engaging The story line is factual and believable; after all it is all based on real experience When I had finished racing through some pages as the story was completely gripping I realized Elstob wrote this superb novel without once relying on foul language that one would expect to read I don't mind foul language after a 37 year Army career how could I? but I nevertheless admire Elstob's carrying it off in the 1950s when the book was written without a word appearing and with no detrimental result This is just an excellent novel and I cannot recommend it to you any highly

  4. Pam Robertson Pam Robertson says:

    This is a novel which took me surprise I was soon engrossed in the story of a group of young soldiers who enlisted midway through the Second World War and who fought their way through it The pace of the story is most surprising as it reflected the unrelenting pace of the war as events followed on and there was no time to stand back and reflect Amongst the young soldiers you get to see what happens to each one as the battles take their toll The ending is a bit of a shock but fits in perfectly with the direction of the novel You are certainly shown the claustrophobic lives of the tank crew as they try to follow orders Their lives are ones of unrelenting routine as they dream of home and try to support each other Full of the atmosphere of the battlefield this is a novel which shows you the effect of war on the ordinary man in the street and at the same time shows you the heroism of those who seek to do their duty In short A bri;liant retelling of the challenges of war Thanks to the publisher for a copy of the book

  5. T. Fowler T. Fowler says:

    While this is a book of fiction it is based on the author's experiences and that makes it a special book as he describes the emotional stress that a tank commander faced in Northwest Europe probably better than any biography For that reason I think it is an important book for anyone wishing to understand the experience of combat

  6. Steve Brooker Steve Brooker says:

    Loosely based on the author's experiences during WWII this book is an immersive account off what it was like to be at the sharp end during the liberation of Europe

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