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A Fine Night for Tanks: The Road to Falaise Paperback – 16 Dec 2002

3.9 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Sutton Publishing Ltd; New edition edition (16 Dec. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750931892
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750931892
  • Product Dimensions: 18.1 x 14.4 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,220,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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I found this to be a very readable account of a battle I knew little about. The author gives a clear and detailed description of the overall plan and the experiences of those involved at the sharp end.
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.
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This is a very readable account of the first stage of battle that often gets side-lined, either by the US efforts on the other flank or by the later push on to Falaise. Tout tells the story with extensive use of eye-witness accounts. This gives the reader some small idea of what really concerned the front-line soldier.
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.
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Confusing because of the rambling, disjointed narrative and lack of maps so the reader is unaware of what the ground looks like. Illuminating for the many first person accounts, including German . It could have been so much better.
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I write to say , in my opinion this is a 5 Star book , ignore the fact that the 2 maps are feeble ,

( 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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Format: Paperback
Having visited the area of the Falaise Gap I could relate to the events described in the book. As previously mentioned a map of the area is helpful or read in conjuction with a factual account. I do enjoy the authors books however and have had a couple of adventures trying to follow his routes on the ground.
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A rather neglected subject, and the author brings a combination of close-up and strategic perspectives to the narrative. His section on the reasons for the possible Allied inferiority in tank quality is intriguing.

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.

Recommended overall.
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My first book on the D-Day landings and subsequent operations. Although it can be a bit hard going sometimes with the level of detail, it serves it's purpose well. At the end I really felt like I had seen the operation through the eyes of a tank operator. The descriptions and accounts of what happened are vivid
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This book concentrates on Operation Totalize which was launched by the British and Canadians in August 1944 in an effort to break through the German defences around Caen and meet with Patton and his troops coming up from the South at Falaise, trapping a huge proportion of the German army in France.
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."
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