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  • Hardcover: 88 pages
  • Publisher: After the Battle; UNKNOWN edition (15 Feb 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 187006707X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1870067072
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 4 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 377,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By P. Carpenter on 19 July 2009
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I was pointed in the direction of this book by someone who had contact with a Villers Bocage veteran. My father's cousin (Lt Rex Ingram)was killed in the first battle there on the morning of 13th June 1944. It is an excellent book, full of reference material. I cannot comment on it's historical accuracy but have no reason to doubt it. I know that there are several versions of the events of that day not least that of Michael Wittmann the German tank commander who wreaked such havoc amongst the British Forces and indeed who was responsible for Rex's death. To find photograph's of his disabled Stuart tank, Calamity Jane 2, was deeply moving. Whether you have a family connection or not, it's a worthwhile purchase.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Withnail67 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 11 May 2008
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This extraordinary book is a model of research for military enthusiasts, providing an exemplar of the dispassionate handling of a variety of sources, and a wholly secure grasp of strategic, operational and tactical perspectives.

The battle has long since been shrouded in mythology, endowing the Tiger ace Michael Wittman with almost supernatural powers. Far from a clumsy piece of revisionism, Taylor manages to clarify events in the town in June 1944, and Wittman's achievements become all the more remarkable when placed in the realm of reality. Similarly, the 'fight back' by 7th Armoured, achieving a number of kills against Tigers with markedly underpowered (apart from the Sherman Firefly) equipment, is given new prominence.

The central historical source here is a substantial reel of photographs taken by German war journalists keen to maximise the propaganda value of this armoured clash. Taylor not only contexualises every shot (incidentally exposing some clumsy phot-manipulation by Signal magazine) but even reconstructs the sequence in which they were taken.

An amazing book which makes this battle come alive in a very distinct way.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By "mcabs" on 6 Aug 2005
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Probably the authorative study of this controversial battle early on in the Normandy campaign of 1944.
There have been many attempts to tie up what happened on 13 June 1944, mostly deceived by the effective German propaganda aimed at turning Michael Wittman into a "super hero". He had undoubdtedly earned his medals before VB. But not the accolades the German PR invented.
Taylor has provided a rare and invaluable publication based on original research, which deserves the highest praise. His work is also very readable, and supported by excellent graphics and photographs; not just the German ones he uses as a main source.
I disagreee with a number minor points - he has the "Wittman" Tiger immobilised by the Tilly road junction - but there is no counter-explanation why a 2nd. 101 Tiger was later found facing East in the centre of the town. All the other Tigers destroyed there, later on, were from the 1st 101 and found facing West.
We know that Wittman turned round, to retire to the East, before his tank was disabled.
However such details do not detract from the value of Taylor`s work - rather, they encourage further research.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Carl on 8 Aug 2008
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This is an excellent book and in my opinion the authoritative guide of the fighting in and around Villers-Bocage on June 13 1944.

I had previously read Villers-Bocage by George Forty and had believed it to be the definite source until I came across this. Dan Taylor utilising all available photographs and based on his own original research has constructed a very readable step-by-step account of the fighting that dismisses the myths surrounding the battle - the book in a word is simply superb!

Although not supported by such a wealth of photographs, Taylor also gives us an account of the fighting which followed the next day and the subsequent British withdrawal before concluding the book with information regarding the propaganda, casualties and the photographs.

As another reviewer as pointed out, there are a minor points where one cannot agree with the version of events described i.e. Wittmann destroying three M5 Stuarts, when only two tanks are photographed and the third is accounted for in other volumes as being knocked out by artillery fire. However these few points in no way discredit the work nor such they distract from the quality of the book.
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