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Battle Zone Normandy: Operation Epsom [Hardcover]

Lloyd Clark
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16 Sep 2004 Battle Zone Normandy
Despite Monty's claims after the war that his intention was to 'fix', or hold, the enemy armour in the east while the Americans swept round from the west, Epsom was clearly designed for the British to achieve the decisive breakthrough in Normandy. An advance of six miles was made and Hill 112 was briefly captured. A company of 2nd Battalion, The Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders rushed a stone bridge at Tourmeauville, capturing it intact. For much of Epsom this bridge was the only crossing point over the Odon, and thus a considerable bottleneck. The threat of counter-attacks from the newly-arrived II SS Panzer Corps persuaded the British to withdraw from the east bank of the Odon. Hill 112 and Caen remained in German hands.


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Sutton Publishing; 1st Edition edition (16 Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075093008X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750930086
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.4 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 207,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lloyd Clark is a senior lecturer in the Department of War Studies at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Currently writing a book on the British role in the Battle of the Bulge for Sutton, he is the author of books on both World Wars and has contributed to more than twenty other volumes. Lloyd lives in rural Hertfordshire with his wife and three children.

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5.0 out of 5 stars All Becomes Clear 1 Oct 2004
Format:Hardcover
My father fought in the battle of Epsom and for many years I have been trying to understand exactly what happened. There are one or two other books on the subject, but I found them quite confusing and the maps were extremely poor. This book makes everything clear, an important aim with such a complicated battle to discuss. I have two of the other books in this series and find them absolutely excellent as an authoritative start place for information about certain battles. They are fairly short, but they seem to have been written to high standards with reassuringly long bibliographies and lists of sources. This Epsom volume is no different with some really clever techniques employed by the author to ensure that there is clarity and yet a sense of momentum in the book. The writing is crisp yet full enough to ensure that the reader fully understands what is going on. The quotes are wonderful and the photographs bring the whole thing to life. I can highly recommend this title and , having tried to tramp the ground many times before, I only wish that this book had been published years ago.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book on the Epsom battles 25 Jun 2009
By Carl
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As with the other Battle Zone Normandy books this one is split into two main sections; the first that deals with the fighting and the latter that gives additional information along with how best to tour the battlefield. The book not only covers the title operation but also the operation launched the previous day to support Epsom; Operation Martlet.

I really enjoyed this book; it is a wealth of information, is supported by excellent maps and great period photographs. One can easy follow the flow of the fighting in the main section and the additional information and tour guides are really great; hopefully they will come in handy soon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book on the Epsom battle 8 Jun 2011
By Carl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
As with the other Battle Zone Normandy books this one is split into two main sections; the first that deals with the fighting and the latter that gives additional information along with how best to tour the battlefield. The book not only covers the title operation but also the operation launched the previous day to support Epsom; Operation Martlet.

I really enjoyed this book; it is a wealth of information, is supported by excellent maps and great period photographs. One can easy follow the flow of the fighting in the main section and the additional information and tour guides are really great; hopefully they will come in handy soon.
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4.0 out of 5 stars My uncle in WW2 Normandy June-August, 1944....research.. 9 Nov 2006
By I. Stewart - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I am attempting to find out about my uncle's involvement in WW2 in Normandy. I intend to explore the battlefield in 2007. Had to try and piece it all together by reading several books in this series. Each one provided more information including Operation Epsom. Tracing the battles; dates; movement on the maps; etc. was fascinating. This particular battle - Epsom - was just one part of the whole operation during the months of June, July and August, 1944. Getting specific information about an individual is very difficult - but got a good overall feel for the time and place from this book, et al. These young men were in some of the bloodiest fighting of WW2 when the allies were getting a toehold in Normandy and losses were very heavy. No wonder many of them (all??) were never the same again.....their souls were seared by their experiences. NOW, I begin to understand a little!
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