Caen: Anvil of Victory

Caen: Anvil of Victory

by Alexander McKee
     
 

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Today it is almost forgotten that the D-Day landings of 6 June 1944 did not bring a single, isolate victory. As this masterly book reminds us, that first foothold on enemy shores was won at enormous cost, and for two months afterwards a fierce battle raged for the control of Caen. Using the personal accounts of those who took part in the fighting, both Allied and

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Today it is almost forgotten that the D-Day landings of 6 June 1944 did not bring a single, isolate victory. As this masterly book reminds us, that first foothold on enemy shores was won at enormous cost, and for two months afterwards a fierce battle raged for the control of Caen. Using the personal accounts of those who took part in the fighting, both Allied and German, and of the French civilians caught up in the conflict, McKee brilliantly reconstructs the bitter struggle that ravaged Normandy throughout the summer of 1944 before the Allied position in Europe was finally secured. With fearful losses on both sides, and unspeakable suffering for the French who had to endure constant massive bombardments from the air, the Battle of Caen ranks as one of the most terrible and heroic episodes of the war.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780285640955
Publisher:
Souvenir Press
Publication date:
02/01/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
300
File size:
4 MB

Meet the Author

Alexander McKee began his writing career with the British Forces Network in Germany during the late 1940s. During a career spanning nearly fifty years he published 25 books, mostly on aspects of military history and many are regarded as outstanding in their field. He specialised in recording the personal accounts of eye-witnesses on both sides. Caen: Anvil of Victory, The Devil's Tinderbox: Dresden 1945 and The Race for the Rhine Bridges 1940, 1944, 1945 are notable examples. Alexander McKee became internationally famous for his discovery of King Henry VIII's flagship Mary Rose for which he was awarded the OBE. His book on the subject, How We Found the Mary Rose, became a best-seller.

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