David tells a story entitled Friendly Fire. â€œAll the tanks (German and British alike) used to have recognition flags on the back. I managed to get myself a souvenir German flag from the back of a tank we had just blown upâ€¦â€¦â€
In 1944, David Render - who was only 19 at the time - had what can only be described as a life changing experience when he landed on the Normandy beaches on D-Day as part of the A Squadron, 8th Armoured Brigade (Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry). This was to be the start of a journey that would take him right across Europe into the heartland of Germany as a frontline tank-driver. He came close to death in numerous tank battles; in one battle, he changed tanks three times as the other two were taken out of action by enemy fire.
In this series, David recounts some of his most memorable times during World War II, and explains how tanks were a major weapon in the campaign against the might of the German Army. He covers topics such as; where you would keep your pet dog in the heat of battle, dealing with SS foot soldiers upfront, and how aiming for the exhaust pipe is the best way to blow up a German tank!