New memoirs by combatants in the Second World War are sadly rare today due to the passage of time. Tanks and Thoroughbreds will be warmly welcomed as the author, w into his 90s, fought through with The Bays from Alamein to Tunis and then on up Italy until VE Day. As a young tank troop commander his chances of survival were slim and tragically many of his friends were killed. Peter Willett, a professional journalist and much published author, is superbly qualified to describe his war and the experiences of his fellow cavalrymen. He tells a moving story with characteristic lightness of touch and modesty. As well as satisfying the military enthusiast Tanks and Thoroughbreds will find a ready audience in the racing fraternity. Peter describes equestrian activities in post-war Austria and goes on to summarise his career as a racing journalist, authority on breeding, membership of the Jockey Club and long association with Goodwood.
Peter Willett joined the Army in August 1940 after Wellington College and Cambridge University. He was commissioned into the Queen's Bays and this book describes his experiences. Today he is the sole survivor of those who fought at Second Alamein. Post-war he enjoyed a distinguished career in horse racing as a journalist, author, bloodstock consultant and administrator. He was a member of the Jockey Club, then the governing body of British racing, President of the Thoroughbred Breeders Association and a director of Goodwood for 35 years. Among the recognition he received was the coveted Daily Telegraph Award for Merit at the Cartier Racing Awards.