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on 16 August 2013
as Someone who served in the !st Batt Worcestershire Regt. 214 Brigade of the 43 Wessex Division I fouight with my comrades all through July to the end of the capture of this feature Tim Saunders takes the reader right into this protacted action and as such it dispels the myth that the British Army failed to advance, whilst our American comrades made spectacular gains. This erroneaus criticism of the British perpertrated by American and British Press has rankled with those British Soldiers ever since and so it is refreshing that Tim has burst this myth. The truth is that it was the British and Canadian armies that held the might of the German defenders who almost fanatically held onto both Caen And Hill 112. Tim adequately describes the action and also portrays the value that was obtained by the tenacity of those forces that fought so hard in this area so as to allow the Americans a somewhat easier (if any action is easy) objective of clearing the Contenen peninsular and the capture of Cherbourg. I would dedicate this to the memory of my friends and comrades who lost their lives in the eventual capture of this feature CEEjay
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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 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 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 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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on 18 April 2017
A well written book about a little-known WWII battle.
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on 8 June 2017
Good read worth the money
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on 27 April 2017
A very readable summary of one of the most horrific periods of fighting in the battle for Normandy. Excellent photos and maps and a good reference for both the visitor to Normandy and any historian.
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on 4 June 2017
brilliant book well pleased
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on 19 December 2002
With films like Saving private Ryan and T.V. programs like Band of Brothers you wouldn't be wrong in thinking that the really hard fighting was done by the yanks. They engaged the main Panzers while we sat back drank tea and twiddled our thumbs.
The truth is far from it and this single book explains why.
Its a brilliantly executed piece of writting and tells the story of the battle for the hardly heard of Hill 112. Where the 43rd division faced off against the elite of the SS panzer arms.
It brings a tear to your eye when you read about the hard bitter quarterless fight that when over the world forgot.
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