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Das Reich: The March of the 2nd SS Panzer Division Through France, June 1944 (Pan Military Classics)
Das Reich: The March of the 2nd SS Panzer Division Through France, June 1944 (Pan Military Classics)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Adventures of the Resistance, 10 May 2014
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The narrative of the Das Reich SS Panzer Division's journey from the south to the Normandy battlefields at once evokes admiration and revulsion. The bulk of the account focuses on the activities of various branches of the Resistance and Allied covert operations describing how they harrassed and delayed the movement of Das Reich. Hastings writes in a relatively non judgemental way, not allowing sentiment to get in the way of historical fact. The account of the ransacking of Oradour Sur Glane allows the reader to make their own judgements.
Overall, this account of one episode in World War II leaves you wanting to know more about the German Panzer Division, I felt. The exploits of the Resistance are amply covered. I read Hastings' 'All Hell Let Loose' before I read Das Reich, finding that a much more gripping and pacey.


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