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Great account of crucial Normandy battle,
This review is from: Hill 112: Cornerstone of the Normandy Campaign (Hardcover)2004 reprint of 1984 Kimber edition, hard bound in new design illustrated laminated cover , 6x9, glossy page stock, x, 194 pages, 15 maps, 70 illustrations.
This is a reprint of the long out-of-print and wonderful account of some of the most intense fighting of the Normandy Campaign, which involved a number of SS divisions and Tiger battalions. Although told from Major How's perspective, it is one of the most balanced accounts of the fighting we have ever read.
The key to capturing Caen was Hill 112, known to the Germans as Kalverienberg" (or "Mount Calvary"). Under pressure from Churchill, Montgomery launched a major offensive. Unfortunately, German reinforcements delayed by Allied bombing were now arriving in the Caen area. The British 43rd Wessex division found itself facing no less than four SS divisions, the 1st, 2nd, 9th, and 10th and the Tigers of the 502nd SS Heavy Panzer Regiment. An all-out Allied effort, including heavy bombers and naval bombardment, was required to secure the final victory.