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on 17 May 2017
I am always angered by the 'donkies' in the army who resisted Hobart's efforts to develop the tank. That and the pitiful news coverage reflected by Youtube which made Montgomery look weak and indecisive when this book clearly demonstrates the fierce fighting that took place which prevented a German breakthrough. It also demonstrates that like the first world war firepower is not always the crucial be-all end-all solution to warfare with a determined professional enemy.
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on 16 March 2015
I chose this book,as I had never heard of this particular action. I had heard of operation Jupiter and Goodwood. I liked the fact that there are, comments from allied soldiers and German soldiers. Also entries from the war diaries of the British units involved. So the reader gets the views of the ordinary soldiers, and the official view of the battle. The book contains some picture's of the battle. The travel/route planner at the back of the book , will be useful to anyone planning to visit the area and hill 112. I also liked the order of battle list for the British army units that took part in this battle. Another useful piece of information,is the SS insignia of rank and the equivalent in the British and American army. All in all I feel it's worth a read.
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on 30 November 2016
This book justifies to all the doubters that British soldiers were cowards and let the Americans do the work. If it wasn't for these brave countless selfless people holding back a multitude of divisions I think Normandy would be told differently. The only problem with the book was the pointless tour guide information at the beginning and the end .
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on 22 January 2017
This is a very fair and detailed account of the battles between British and German troops in the region of Hill112 in Normandy in July 1944. It was carnage and the hill was finally taken by the British when the focus of the fighting moved West.
Worth reading by any student of WW2.
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on 14 June 2017
The battle to take Caen after the Normandy landings. Why did it take so long ? Failure on the part of Montgomery ? Not if you believe this book , who maintain it was a delaying tactic on his part to keep the German forces bottled up whilst the Americans organised a break out in the West. Quite believable as it achieved just this. A good read.
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on 11 January 2014
I am a bit of WWII nut. This book addresses a small part of the Normandy Campaign that is not easy to write or read about. This was the mincing machine of the Western War at its worst. This battle made Monty realise his resources were not infinite. It also redresses the balance between the the Eastern and Western fronts. The SS units that fought here admitted it was tougher than where they had left, Russia. Monty planned a war of attrition as part of his master plan for the break out. Read about what he got. The 43rd Wyvern Division's finest hour, possibly.
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on 13 April 2014
I struggled a wee bit to understand the immense detail that Tim put into this book! However, this is first time I have read about "Hill 112" in detail. Most writers gloss over actions like this in favour of the bigger battles. There was so many gains and losses on both sides and different regiments, both allied and german, together with attacks from almost every direction, I was as confused as the guys were in the battle! However, I managed to get WW2 low level photos of the whole area, and suddenly, all became clear. Full marks to Tim for the research he put in. The guide at the back will be handy for the battlefield tourists amongst us. Well done!
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on 4 July 2016
Very interesting book about a battle that isn't much talked about which is a shame as it was a major action in the battle to get across France . Some books sometimes get a big bogged down in confusing detail but this kept my interest all the way through.
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on 6 July 2014
I think that most people, including myself, are or were unaware of how much hard fighting, and how many deaths and injuries took place after D-Day. Having recently visited the town of Mayenne, I became aware that fighting took place there two months after the landings - it is indicative of the difficulty of taking large areas of countryside.
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on 15 September 2014
Having recently done the Normandy Landings Battle Tour this book was a useful supplement in understanding the strategic importance of that particular hill. Unfortiunately the maps and charts included do not work particularly well on a Kindle.
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