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4.0 out of 5 stars An eye-opener, 30 Aug 2001
This review is from: The Polar Bears: From Normandy to the Relief of Holland with the 49th Division (Hardcover)
Much has been said and written about the more famous formations of the allied army, but the war in the West was fought and won by Division's like the 49th.
This book details the ill-fated Norwegian campaign and the fascinating (if eventually fruitless) rounds of training as artic warfare troops in Iceland - where they earned the Polar Bear nickname.
The main focus of the book concerns the exploits of the composite regiments (the Hallamshires, KOYLI, South Wales Borderers etc) in Northern France as they pushed on into Belgium and Holland in 1944. It is a gritty tale of fierce fighting against Hitler's crack SS, Panzer and Paratroop units.
Whilst the brilliant training, leadership and defences displayed by the Germans earns huge respect, it is surprising to read that the men of the 49th were more than a match for the best the Werhmacht had to offer.
The narrative is a mix of somewhat exhaustive day-to-day accounts of maneouvres etc, and the personal accounts of soldiers of all levels. Whilst the former can be a little dry in content and prose, it does serve to illustrate the huge logistical effort required to fight a 'modern' all arms campaign. After all, if this book made such undetakings an easy read it would do a disservice to the level of training and preparation involved.
It also offers an insight into the different tactical approaches of the US, British, Canadian and German forces. In particular, the brash and inexperienced attitude of the US high command whose attitude to attacking their enemy has horrible echoes with those used by Soviet commanders.
The casualties suffered on both sides were horrendeous and in the wake of books like Beevor's superb "Stalingrad" this account is a timely reminder that huge sacrifices were also made in the liberation of France and the low countries.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great bit of history from true heros, 3 April 2013
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I had to buy this when I established my Grandfather was one of the Polar Bears. It both shocked and enlightened me on some of the perils faced by these men. Being able to track most of my grandfathers role in WWII made me feel very humble and just wish I had been able to speak to him about it, but like most great men who have fought it must be very difficult to talk about. Thank you Patrick Delaforce for this informative account of the Polar Bears.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Book, 28 Aug 2011
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This is a very interesting book.I enjoyed reading this and if you have an interest in this part of the war.You will not be disappointed
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it very much -, 30 Jun 2014
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Margaret L. Anstis (UK) - See all my reviews
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As my late husband was one of them, I enjoyed it especially and my grand-daughter and her partner visited it on D-Day
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4.0 out of 5 stars second hand books, 5 May 2014
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I was dubious about buying second hand over the internet, but I cannot fault the description for accuracy. Really pleased.
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