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Caen: Anvil of Victory [Paperback]

Alexander McKee
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1 Mar 2011
The D-Day landings of June 6th 1944 did not bring immediate victory, that first foothold on French soil was won at enormous cost and for the next two months a fierce battle raged for control of the key town of Caen. Using the eye-witness accounts of those who took part in the fighting, both Allied and German, and of the French civilians caught up in the conflict Alexander McKee reconstructs the struggle to secure the Allied position in Europe. With fearful losses on both sides (and among the civilians) the Battle of Caen ranks as one of the most terrible episodes of World War Two.

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  • Paperback: 382 pages
  • Publisher: Souvenir Press Ltd; New edition edition (1 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 028563559X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0285635593
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 812,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Revisiting a classic 9 Jun 2011
I read this book originally back in the mid 70's and revisited it again recently as I had lent my book to a relative who never returned it,but it always stuck in my mind as the best book regarding the Battle of the Breakout from Normandy. Many people are under the impression from popular history and school text books that the Allies landed in Normandy and proceeded directly to Germany with a couple of hiccups at Arnhem and the Bulge along the way. This book disabuses you rapidly of that misconception, I thought that there might have been an update in this later imprint but even so the book has stood the test of time well and is still a wonderful read. 5 stars definitelyCaen: Anvil of Victory
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic 7 July 2010
This book was wriiten a long time ago but is a classic on the battles for Caen and top of the list of reading on the subject. Eye-witness accounts bring the events to life.

As well as drawing on Allied sources and witnesses Mckee had referred to german reports by Fey, Greil and Kortenhaus - actually he may have met them - I read somewhere that his wife was german or spoke the language and helped with the book.

McKee gives great detail on the brutal battles fought by the british and Canadians. He shows a certain degree of sympathy towards 12 ss panzer division and covers the issue of prisoner of war executions and allegations of by both sides.

The tank clashes are really well covered - Epsom, goodwood etc and McKee is critical of the allied generals.

Shame he could not update it. McKee was a participant and so knew of the battles all too well. He was also the prime mover behind raising the Mary Rose - what about that!
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5.0 out of 5 stars perfect , almost..... 15 Oct 2013
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My grandfather died on June 21 in WW2 in Caen ,so for me it was compulsive reading. But this was such a facinating and gripping blow by blow account of this particular battle revealing all the horrors , good fortune , bad luck , highs and major lows behind the men and armies involved. Absolutely facinating , thought i knew most of the details but in truth , i hadnt even scratched the surface.
only issue , it didnt include much of the details that i was looking for ref The Royal Welsh Fuseliers involvement.
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