A Fine Night for Tanks: The Road to Falaise Paperback – 16 Dec 2002
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Ken Tout OBE, PhD served as an NCO with the 1st Northants Yeomanry, fighting with Sherman tanks during the Second World War and saw action in Operation 'Totalize 1'
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He is critical of the quality of the tanks used by the allies and goes a long way to rebut the suggestion of other authors that it was a question of tactics over quality that lead to such tragic loss in the Normandy campaign.
This does not bear scrutiny from the very brave men who actually had to fight in these death traps
I have only given three stars because the lack of maps makes the story difficult to follow (I downloaded one from the Internet to keep alongside as I read the book) and there was an element of repetition in some of the first hand accounts.
Notwithstanding my three stars I would recommend this to anyone with an interest in the Normandy campaign and the modest, but outstanding courage of those involved.
He also puts the battle in context and explains why the tactics used by the Canadian General Simonds were so innovative.
Finally, the account of the demise of the German panzer-ace Wittman goes a long way, though not all the way, to explaining what happened.
My only real criticism of the book would be that the second phase of the battle could have been explored further.
( if you want detailed maps , get them printed off from the internet for yourself as there are loads of high quality detailed maps of this battle available to download and print them off - dead easy )
- the reader should realise that a great deal of original research and interviews with survivors is what makes this book a MUST HAVE for the Normandy Battle in August 1944 .
Highly Recommended by me
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Having said that, the book is a bit disjointed, and the absence of maps and photos (in my kindle edition) is puzzling. The author was personally present in the battle, but oddly we don't learn anything about his role or experience, which I found strange too.
This campaign has been overlooked in recent accounts published by major historians given that Patton's 3rd Army drive across France was far more newsworthy and that there were bigger British disasters to write about.
The author actually took part in the operation and backs up his own comments with numerous eye witness accounts from both sides.
A little difficult to follow in places it nevertheless brings to attention a vital operation which would ultimately lead to what has famously become known as "The Falaise Pocket."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very informative book about a little known action of world war 2. Views and opinions from all ranks and all sides.Published 1 month ago by mark Goodman
I could not really get into this book. It was totally different to what I had previously read.Published 2 months ago by ian
A good reference work but pretty heavy to plough through due to so much detail and not enough personal accounts of the battle.Published 3 months ago by THE ABBOT
However sadly it turned into the most confusing book I have ever read. A jumble of words and actions.
Avoid at all costs.
Clear narrative often horrific brilliant explanation of battle planning processPublished 4 months ago by Malcolm Watts