The Iron Fortress: Based on The Incredible True Story of WWI

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The incredible story of a British heavy tank trapped before the German trenches. For three days her crew fight against the might of the German Army.

The Allies launch a massive offensive on the Western front, and Captain Richardson, a battlefield veteran of the trenches leads four heavy tanks on a brazen assault through no-man’s-land. It's an attack that could shatter the German defences. More

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About Michael G. Thomas

Michael G. Thomas, is a writer, martial artist and military historian. He has written books on European martial arts and military history as well as Zombie Survival books and fiction. He is the co-founder of the prestigious Academy of Historical Fencing that teaches traditional armed and unarmed European martial arts. His specialist subject areas are teaching the use of the medieval two handed longsword and the German long knife in both the UK and other parts of Europe.

He academic background is as varied as his writing with degrees in Computing, Classical Studies and Machine Learning. In recent years he has undertaken substantial research in the fields of machine learning and artificial intelligence as well as Ancient Greek and Byzantine military history.

Michael is currently completing his Champions of the Apocalypse Series and Star Crusades science fiction series.

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About the Series: Tales of Valour: The Great War
Tales of Valour: The Great War, a series of incredible stories set in the brutal battlefields of World War I.

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Scott Skipper reviewed on on Oct. 2, 2019

Eight men and an officer crammed into a twenty-six-foot-long steel box along with the engine and the ammunition set sail across the mud of Passchendaele. The battlefield is crisscrossed by trenches, pocked with shell holes, and composed entirely of mud. Captain Richardson initially walks beside the iron behemoth to more effectively guide the land ship to the front to clear German positions in advance of the infantry. That is until he is shot through the flesh of his calf and is forced to join the crew in the sweltering, stinking, suffocating interior of the tank, Fray Bentos. The six-pound guns do well at clearing machine gun nests, and the Vickers machine guns are excellent for repelling infantry, but the monster machine is no match for the mud. Hopelessly mired, the crew continues to menace the enemy even while they bake during the day and freeze through the night. For three days, they fight, lose comrades, suffer dehydration, and dread the lucky artillery shell that might score a direct hit. Even if they were somehow able to retreat to their own lines, would they be gunned down in mistaken identity?

The Iron Fortress is a great telling of a little known aspect of the Great War when tanks were first used in combat. Mr. Thomas has meticulously researched his topic and relates his knowledge with skill. This is a well-paced and very entertaining book. In my opinion, the editing leaves a little to be desired. It does not, however, detract from the enjoyment of the story.
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