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Panther in Normandy [Hardcover]

Didier Lodieu
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12 Dec 2011
During the night of 19-20 July 1944, the I./Pz.Rgt. 24s 76 Panthers set off in a one kilometre column, with four yards between each tank. For for the veteran Panzerschützen, this would be a new and bloody battle; for the recruits, this would be their baptism of fire. This book by Didier Lodieu one of Frances foremost specialists on the fighting in Normandy traces the odyssey of the 1st Battalion of Panthers of the 24th Regiment of the 116. Panzer Division, just back from the East, from the first engagements in July to the crossing of the Seine at the end of August; a day by day account of the terrible fighting during the hedgerow war.

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Histoire et Collections (12 Dec 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2352502322
  • ISBN-13: 978-2352502326
  • Product Dimensions: 31.5 x 23.4 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 590,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Should have been better 29 Mar 2012
By Dean Allison VINE VOICE
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This is a very good book which could and should have been much better.

For anyone interested in the I/24 Panther battalion it is a must have and anyone with any interest in the Normandy fighting of 1944 will find the book very good value for money.

My disappointment is directed at the focus of the book and some spurious detail, the author is trying to tell too big a story and in doing so I feel he often loses focus on the subject i.e. I/24.

There is too much written material about the American forces and too many photos of American equipment which I feel are not needed. There are many photos of I/24 which are not in this book and even if they were unavailable other photos or better art work could have been used to aid the reader to grasps some of the idiosyncrasies of the Battalion.

The authors captions to some photos does no more than identify his naivety of the subject, may be I was expecting too much but the information is available from many sources.

The author states the zimmerit on most of the Panthers of I/24 was applied by field workshops, this is wrong. Yes some early Panther D built before September 1943 were given field applied coats of zimmerit but all A and early G panthers received their zimmerit coats from the factory manufacturer.

This leads us to another mistake, he states the block pattern or hatch/checker pattern was a unit style and other units used other styles. The different zimmerit patterns were dictated by which manufacturer build the tank, each Panther manufacturer applied zimmerit differently it had nothing to do with the unit using the vehicle.

The art work on page 63 shows a Panther with waffle pattern zimmerit and a caption describing it as a vehicle of I/24, there is no photo to support this.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good reference 20 Jun 2013
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Wanted this as a companion to Tigers in Normandy so as to get overall picture of German tanks during the Normandy Landings some really good photographs which I have never seen before
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5.0 out of 5 stars Modeller from Barcelona 8 Oct 2013
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A day by day account of a Panther Batallion during the fighting in Normandy. A lot of personal accounts from survivors gives a clear understanding about how was it like to be a German soldier on those days at that place...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Photos good, but rather short on narrative. 17 May 2013
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The photographs in the book were good. However, the narrative was quite brief and there was not much description about the campaign ior tank details.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Run aground. 22 Aug 2012
By Bob Russell - Published on
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Okay, first the good part: this book is full of detail about a group of Panthers slugging it out in an uneven match with the Allies in the later stages of the Normandy campaign. It extends all the way across some rare territory (pun intended?) as the Germans struggled to get out of the Falaise pocket and across the Seine. There are a bunch of one-of-a-kind pictures, then-and-now pictures, and on-the-scene narrative at a refreshing, small unit level. The book has been done using a high quality printing process.
Now the bad part: This is the worst edited and/or translated history book I have ever read. Not to knock the Chinese, but the book was evidently published in China. I had the sense that I was trying to make sense of an instruction manual on how to assemble something complex that I'd just bought from an Asian source. Or to put it another way, I had the sense that a Chinese speaker had translated the text from the original French into English. Much was lost in the translation! There are many amusing grammatical and vocab crashes. Some are virtually impossible to figure out what the author originally meant to say. Matters are compounded by uneven storytelling, out of sync topics, pictures and the usual inadequate maps. The book has the feel of an unproofed manuscript. Finally, it's hard to tell by the narrative that the book is about the 116th Panzer Division's Panther battalion. The story goes fuzzy right away -- forget about what happened to the rest of the Division -- and a whole bunch of other tanks and personnel from other formations join in for the telling. The book ironically seems to slide into a helter-skelter narration that I think unintentionally mirrors the chaos of the Wehrmacht's retreat from Normandy.
Too bad, because the author's intention to present fresh new angles on an old story, indeed from a French perspective, seem to me to have been run up onto a publishing reef. I wonder what the French version looks like.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Many New Photos 26 Aug 2012
By Blue & Gray 29er - Published on
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Great book, follows the style of "Dying for Stint L". Many new photos, hard back format. If you are in to the 116th Panzer Division, this is the book! Great book for "military modelers", many good diorama ideas. I'm always looking for new information on units that may have fought against the U.S. 29th Infantry Division. A good insight into some of the Normandy fighting in 1944.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but not.... 24 July 2013
By C.Schmidt - Published on
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.... not exactly what I was looking for "in the book". This is to say an odyssey of the 116. Panzer Division's actions and movements in Normandy and the acting Allied units up against the 116. There are a good amount of photos most of them are crisp and a few blurred. There are about as many German photos as there is allied.

I mainly bought this because I thought i'd get more photos of the 116. Panzer Divisions PANTHER Tanks. It's really spread out of vehicles of all types used within the battalion. Which it's a good book besides the fact that whoever was responsible for publishing it should try reading through it before printing it, and selling it. Alot of mishaps and double typing.

Not a bad book but seen as it is only covered over the Normandy time frame it's "Ok". I would have rather seen them cover the 116. over its entire career of service. So beware it only focuses on what the description of the main title says.

Was it worth the $34, brand New... hmmm no I'd say $23 to $26 book tops. I am being picky... i'm looking for Panther Book straight up which there are a few good ones out there but I also am very interested in the 116. Pz.Div another sole reason I bought it.

Even some pretty good looking color profiles in the book not many but they are very good. My two cents... try it, if your displeased with it return it for a refund. That's all I can tell you.
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