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5.0 out of 5 stars Good account of a key but largely forgotten battle.
This is another book in the excellent Battleground Europe Series.
This book, using accounts from veterans of 43rd Wessex Division, gives a rounded view of those often unsung county regiment soldiers, and their supporting arms, who fought from the beaches of Normandy through to Germany.
The book uses a good number of current and contemporary photographs to help...
Published on 17 Jan 2002 by GV

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not as good as Major How's work on Hill 112
Tim Saunder's `Hill 112: Battles of the Odon' covers the fighting between British and German troops, during the Second World War Battle of Normandy, for the strategically important feature: Hill 112. The book covers the end of Operation Epsom, Operation Jupiter in detail, before concluding with Operations Greenline and Express, the subsequent fighting and the eventual...
Published on 4 Sep 2011 by Carl


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5.0 out of 5 stars wow, 13 April 2014
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I struggled a wee bit to understand the immense detail that Tim put into this book! However, this is first time I have read about "Hill 112" in detail. Most writers gloss over actions like this in favour of the bigger battles. There was so many gains and losses on both sides and different regiments, both allied and german, together with attacks from almost every direction, I was as confused as the guys were in the battle! However, I managed to get WW2 low level photos of the whole area, and suddenly, all became clear. Full marks to Tim for the research he put in. The guide at the back will be handy for the battlefield tourists amongst us. Well done!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, 6 April 2014
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Good book I enjoyed it, good read and interesting to just read about the battle for Hill 112 instead of normandy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hill 112 - forgotten part of WW2, 1 April 2014
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Very graphic and interesting read about a forgotten part of WW2. If you're into WW2 history then I recommend this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The True nitty gritty facts about the Battle of Normandy, 16 Mar 2014
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A fantastic book. a great guide to a battle field tour. Amazing what our great and grand fathers did in WWII
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, 9 Mar 2014
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I liked the vast amount of research and how long and engulfing the book was.I cannot think of anything I don't dislike as I absolutely loved the experience of the book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read from both sides, 6 Feb 2014
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Found this to be very informative, and gives you accounts from both sides. The pictures in the book lets you put a face to a name. Great read
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4.0 out of 5 stars What research!, 2 Feb 2014
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A fantastic document of a major part of our history. However, on kindle it was difficult to constantly relate back to maps and illustrations. It was a little hard to follow at times but well worth the effort.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A WELL RESEARCHED READ, 11 Jan 2014
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I am a bit of WWII nut. This book addresses a small part of the Normandy Campaign that is not easy to write or read about. This was the mincing machine of the Western War at its worst. This battle made Monty realise his resources were not infinite. It also redresses the balance between the the Eastern and Western fronts. The SS units that fought here admitted it was tougher than where they had left, Russia. Monty planned a war of attrition as part of his master plan for the break out. Read about what he got. The 43rd Wyvern Division's finest hour, possibly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling narrative of the decisive Normandy battle, 3 Jan 2014
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Brilliantly written that captured the timeline action from both the British and German perspectives for this important hill feature in Normandy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative and very well illustrated., 25 Nov 2013
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Very informative, very good price, very well illustrated with not seen before pictures, especially of the German battle group in 1944 and casts light on the German order of Battle as well as the UK.

Two of the German division that were mauled here feature again in Arnhem shortly afterwards.

Don't let the cover (which might need updating) put you off. This is a gem of a book, informative and well researched, the battlefield tour through to the history of events. Great price for a great book.
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