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Sword Beach (Battle Zone Normandy) [Hardcover]

Ken Ford
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26 Feb 2004 Battle Zone Normandy
When British 3rd Infantry Division landed on Sword Beach in Normandy on D-Day, it was the most powerful to date, comprising infantry, armour, commandos, self propelled artillery and anti-tank guns, specialist assault armour and a host of support units. Covered by a tactical air force and supported by the offshore guns of the Royal Navy, the division assaulted Sword Beach with a force that was unstoppable. Within hours of the first touchdown tanks and infantry were ashore, fanning out across the countryside to enlarge the lodgement and sending an armoured thrust towards their first objective, Caen, just seven miles away. Then it all went wrong. Sword was the only Allied beachhead to suffer armoured counterattack by a German panzer division on D-Day and from then on the invaders struggled to make any progress. Advances that should have been measured in miles were reduced to a few hedgerows, or a field here and a wood there. Caen was not captured for seven more weeks. Covering both the triumph of the Sword Beach landings and the disappointment of the failure to capitalise on that early success, the first seven days that British troops were back on the soil of mainland Europe make a fascinating story. Ken Ford allows the reader to stand on the spot where momentous decisions were made, see how and why the battle lost its momentum and understand why the Caen attack slowed almost to stalemate.


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Sutton Publishing; 1st Book Club Ed. edition (26 Feb 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750930195
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750930192
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 429,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ken Ford spent twenty-nine years as a telecommunications engineer before retiring to the life of a bookshop owner. He is now a full time author and has written a dozen books on various aspects of the Second World War, including four for Sutton: Battleaxe Division (1999), D Day Commando (2003) and the forthcoming Battle Zone Normandy Juno Beach (2004) Ken lives in Southampton.

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2.0 out of 5 stars tour guide 26 July 2007
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out of a book which has 192 pages only 84 pages relate to what happened on sword beach and the near surrounding area the rest is filled with a tour guide and forward pages ,i would not reccomend this book at all if you want in depth information
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you 5 Jun 2014
By MeB
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My own father was in the KSLI (now no longer an independent regiment). He was a career soldier and rarely spoke about the war, and never about the actual events of the battles. He was at Dunkirk, fought in North Africa and Italy, and was brought back to Britain to take part in the D Day landings. He died before I was old enough to ask him about his experiences. It somehow gives me an idea of what he would have gone through and brings him a little closer to me. Thank you Mr Ford.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended 3 May 2014
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Bought for an elderly gent that served at the landings. He said it was the most accurate account and supported with great photography. Well written. Recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent service and product 26 Jun 2013
By H. Cook
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Bought this book very last minute for my father's 80 year old friend's birthday. It was very last minute but still arrived in plenty of time for my Dad to give it to his friend on the day. It must have been sent off within hours of my order, as promised. My Dad's friend was actually there on the D day landings on Sword beach and he was thrilled with the gift. As promised it was in excellent condition even though it was seemingly used. From my recollection it was sent by a Mr Gok and I have nothing but praise for the service and the product. Thank you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A really good book 30 Jan 2005
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Ken Ford knows the Normandy beaches and battlegrounds and he demonstrates this very well in this excellent book. Anything you want to know about Sword Beach is here and the book is a valuable companion for anybody thinking of visiting the ground. It will be with me on my next trip.
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