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Hill 112: The Battle of the Odon: Hill 112 - Battle of the Odon (Battleground Europe - Normandy)

Hill 112: The Battle of the Odon: Hill 112 - Battle of the Odon (Battleground Europe - Normandy) [Kindle Edition]

Tim Saunders
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Over a month after the D-Day landings the Allies were still confined to the Normandy peninsula. The German line was anchored by the medieval town of Caen, which the British were supposed to have occupied on D-Day. The key to capturing Caen was Hill 112, known to the Germans as "Kalverienberg" (or "Mount Calvary").

Under pressure from Churchill, Montgomery launched a major offensive. Unfortunately, German reinforcements delayed by Allied bombing were now arriving in the Caen area. The British found themselves facing no less than four SS divisions, the 1st, 2nd, 9th and 10th and the Tigers of the 502nd SS Heavy Panzer Regiment. An all-out Allied effort, including heavy bombers and naval bombardment, was required to secure the final victory.

This new addition to the Battleground Europe series details all the action around Hill 112. Numerous illustrations and maps complement the lively text.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6196 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Pen and Sword (16 Aug 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D2C551M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,328 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Tim Saunders (1956 - ????) served in the Army in the Devonshire and Dorset Regiment for 30 years before leaving to become a full time military historian, battlefield guide and millitary history programme maker. He has an intuative knowledge of warfare and soldiers based on world wide service and operational experience.

His books have, thanks to the demands of the publishers, been focused on the Second World War but the Battleground Series is his chosen medium. 'I think the combination of text, maps and pictures is essential to any successful military history.'

Recently he has branched out into presenting and making military history DVDs for Battlefield History TV and Pen and Sword Books.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
This is another book in the excellent Battleground Europe Series.
This book, using accounts from veterans of 43rd Wessex Division, gives a rounded view of those often unsung county regiment soldiers, and their supporting arms, who fought from the beaches of Normandy through to Germany.
The book uses a good number of current and contemporary photographs to help understand the countryside and appreciate the conditions they fought under.
The tours are useful especially for those new to the area and the locations of cemeteries and memorials helps to complete a visit to the area.
Tim Saunders has written a fine book about a fine Division and bitter battle that should be remembered.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic eye opener 19 Dec 2002
With films like Saving private Ryan and T.V. programs like Band of Brothers you wouldn't be wrong in thinking that the really hard fighting was done by the yanks. They engaged the main Panzers while we sat back drank tea and twiddled our thumbs.
The truth is far from it and this single book explains why.
Its a brilliantly executed piece of writting and tells the story of the battle for the hardly heard of Hill 112. Where the 43rd division faced off against the elite of the SS panzer arms.
It brings a tear to your eye when you read about the hard bitter quarterless fight that when over the world forgot.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and documented 16 Aug 2013
By CeeJay
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as Someone who served in the !st Batt Worcestershire Regt. 214 Brigade of the 43 Wessex Division I fouight with my comrades all through July to the end of the capture of this feature Tim Saunders takes the reader right into this protacted action and as such it dispels the myth that the British Army failed to advance, whilst our American comrades made spectacular gains. This erroneaus criticism of the British perpertrated by American and British Press has rankled with those British Soldiers ever since and so it is refreshing that Tim has burst this myth. The truth is that it was the British and Canadian armies that held the might of the German defenders who almost fanatically held onto both Caen And Hill 112. Tim adequately describes the action and also portrays the value that was obtained by the tenacity of those forces that fought so hard in this area so as to allow the Americans a somewhat easier (if any action is easy) objective of clearing the Contenen peninsular and the capture of Cherbourg. I would dedicate this to the memory of my friends and comrades who lost their lives in the eventual capture of this feature CEEjay
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By Carl
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Tim Saunder's `Hill 112: Battles of the Odon' covers the fighting between British and German troops, during the Second World War Battle of Normandy, for the strategically important feature: Hill 112. The book covers the end of Operation Epsom, Operation Jupiter in detail, before concluding with Operations Greenline and Express, the subsequent fighting and the eventual peaceful capture of the hill. The book is part historical analysis and part tour guide.

The opening chapter of this work feels like a complete rehash of Major How's `Hill 112: Cornerstone of the Normandy Campaign'. While there may not be infinite ways to describe military actions or an endless supply of personal testimony to draw upon, this chapter does feel like a reproduction of an earlier work down to the way the text is worded, photographs used, and quotes employed.

However, the book comes into its own from chapter two onwards. The main weight of the book focuses is on the two-day long Operation Jupiter. Detailed information is provided supported by maps showing the various battalion positions and their movements. The narrative moves in a logical fashion presenting the various phases of the battle and the back and forth fighting resulting in stalemate across the front both sides having exhausted themselves, but at the same time a British strategic success. Saunders does not show any bias, presenting information from both sides although the text does seem weighted towards the British. Plenty of personal testimony is on offer that enriches the text and provides first-hand accounts to the horror of war.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Normandy Hill 112- The Battle of the Odon 11 Sep 2009
I bought this book because I had read serveral books on the subject and where the others fell down was on maps showing the smaller battles around the villages. This covers this in spades, lots of maps showing where the individual companies were and where they were advancing to, this is backed up with lots of pictures showing the areas today and then. The information in the book is also well written, so well that you get a sense of what these men went through, with paragraphs written in the soldiers own words, saying what they went through, from both sides of the conflict.
If you have any interest in the battle of Hill 112 or want to tour the battlefield then this book is for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A precise account of a ferocious engagement. 5 July 2010
I cannot praise this account of the battle for Hill 112 more highly. It puts the reader in the middle of the action and to wonder at the bravery and endurance of those engaged - indeed, on both sides. The description of the area of the battlefield as it is today is essential reading for anyone planning to visit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wow
I struggled a wee bit to understand the immense detail that Tim put into this book! However, this is first time I have read about "Hill 112" in detail. Read more
Published 4 days ago by wullygus
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Good book I enjoyed it, good read and interesting to just read about the battle for Hill 112 instead of normandy.
Published 11 days ago by Paul H
4.0 out of 5 stars Hill 112 - forgotten part of WW2
Very graphic and interesting read about a forgotten part of WW2. If you're into WW2 history then I recommend this book.
Published 16 days ago by Gene Genie
4.0 out of 5 stars The True nitty gritty facts about the Battle of Normandy
A fantastic book. a great guide to a battle field tour. Amazing what our great and grand fathers did in WWII
Published 1 month ago by John Lionel Dingley
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I liked the vast amount of research and how long and engulfing the book was.I cannot think of anything I don't dislike as I absolutely loved the experience of the book
Published 1 month ago by Miss Sharleen E. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read from both sides
Found this to be very informative, and gives you accounts from both sides. The pictures in the book lets you put a face to a name. Great read
Published 2 months ago by steven
4.0 out of 5 stars What research!
A fantastic document of a major part of our history. However, on kindle it was difficult to constantly relate back to maps and illustrations. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. J. Rankin
5.0 out of 5 stars A WELL RESEARCHED READ
I am a bit of WWII nut. This book addresses a small part of the Normandy Campaign that is not easy to write or read about. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Portlander
5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling narrative of the decisive Normandy battle
Brilliantly written that captured the timeline action from both the British and German perspectives for this important hill feature in Normandy
Published 3 months ago by Tigertony
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative and very well illustrated.
Very informative, very good price, very well illustrated with not seen before pictures, especially of the German battle group in 1944 and casts light on the German order of Battle... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Paul
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