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One of Hastings weaker works,
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This review is from: Das Reich: The March of the 2nd SS Panzer Division Through France, June 1944 (Pan Military Classics) (Paperback)
I won't go into the quality or accuracy of the research as it seems clear here that almost every participant has an agenda to follow and inevitably that makes untangling the actual events and motivations quite a difficult task. I was a little disappointed with this book overall though because I felt it firstly failed to put Das Reich into perspective - what had it been involved with pre-June 1944 - and moreover why was it so important to delay its march to Normandy. It seems overall that theoretically the Das Reich could have been in Normandy in 4-5 days(ish) but it took so much longer but the book only covers what seem to be fairly short lived and minor engagements by the French Resistance and Allied agents, most of which seemed to last a few hours and can't explain the overall delay. The book does cover SS atrocities and Resistance politics and activities but overall I felt the narrative wasn't strong.
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Initial post: 28 Jan 2014 12:07:48 GMT
delay getting to Normandy I think was due to Hitler believing that the landigs in Normandy was a feint and the real landing would be at Calais, he therefore kept his Panzers in that area missing the chance to engage the allies when they were most vunerable.
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