on 2 April 2011
Well enough written. More detail on this part of the battle than you get in the standard books on the Normandy Campaign by Max Hastings, Anthony Beevor et al.
Well illustrated with excellent pictures and maps of actions that help you understand the narrative. Superior to the standards in that way.
A bit of a pain that as the maps are 2 pages vital information is buried deep in the folds.
Would recommend for anyone really interested in the Normandy Campaign.
on 18 January 2006
Enjoyable read and fairly fluent.
Shock, horror and chaos of the pocket seem to come over better in the "After the Battle" magazine on the subject though, than in this book. Sterile study.
I do miss personal accounts in the text. Just following Regimental numbers through the action how ever well researched doesn’t make for very inspiring reading.
This book completes Ken Ford's coverage in the Osprey Campaign series of the British and Commonwealth part of the Normandy campaign. Overall I would strongly recommend all these books for someone wanting a clear narrative of that campaign by British and Canadians. That said, due to the nature of the Osprey series, there is little or no space for personal testimony and it is hard to get a feel for the intensity of the fighting. The book dovetails well with Steven Zaloga's account of Operation Cobra although it avoids much mention of the criticism of performance of the British and Canadians in their attempts to seal the pocket. It is to be hoped that the powers at Osprey will commission a final addition to cover the battle for St.Lo which would complete the coverage of Normandy. Overall, a very worthwhile addition if you have the others in the same set.