- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd; Reprint edition (7 Mar. 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0850527376
- ISBN-13: 978-0850527377
- Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 13.3 x 21 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 183,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Normandy: Hill 112 - The battle of the Odon Paperback – 7 Mar 2000
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
If you have any interest in the battle of Hill 112 or want to tour the battlefield then this book is for you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Having been on Hill 122 many times over the years this book was bought to go to Normandy. It provides a good account of the series of battles foungh over the feature and the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by R. Stewart
Im from Denmark an this book was no where to be found in Denmark. Have read this book in no time. Tim Saunders Operation Epsom and Hill 112 are so good. Read morePublished 6 months ago by nikolaj
Highly detailed and technically exact description of a crucial battle. Mr Saunder's deserves great credit for making such a complex and multi-dimensional event comprehensible at... Read morePublished 7 months ago by gavin greenwood