The Black Bull: From Normandy to the Baltic with the 11th Armoured Division

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The 11th Armoured Division, famous for its Black Bull insignia, was widely recognized as being among the best armoured divisions in north-west Europe during the Second World War. This book tells the story of the Division in the words of the soldiers who fought with it: of its part in the three ferocious battles in Normandy - Epsom, Goodwood and Bluecoat, the great 'Swan' to Amiens, the taking of Antwerp, right flanking for Market Garden, back-up in the Ardennes and the final slog into Germany across well-defended...
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Overview

The 11th Armoured Division, famous for its Black Bull insignia, was widely recognized as being among the best armoured divisions in north-west Europe during the Second World War. This book tells the story of the Division in the words of the soldiers who fought with it: of its part in the three ferocious battles in Normandy - Epsom, Goodwood and Bluecoat, the great 'Swan' to Amiens, the taking of Antwerp, right flanking for Market Garden, back-up in the Ardennes and the final slog into Germany across well-defended river barriers, to the liberation of Belsen, Lubeck and the Danish frontier. The Division suffered 10,000 casualties, with almost 2,000 lost in action, and so this is also a story of courage and the hardships of a winter campaign, of being wounded, comradeship and fighting fear. Contributions are included from twelve of the regiments who proudly wore the sign of the Black Bull. Memories from troop commanders and riflemen, bombardiers and signalmen, tank crews, troop leaders and from the dashing GOC are brought together to reveal what life was like at the sharp end. Published in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Normandy landings, The Black Bull is illustrated with over fifty black and white contemporary photographs showing the Division in action. It will appeal not only to those who still have memories of the battles and to those who fought in the Second World War, but also to readers interested in the day-to-day actions and thoughts of soldiers on the front line for almost a year.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848842281
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
  • Publication date: 6/28/2010
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
1 The Sharp End 1
2 In the Beginning 9
3 Weaponry 12
4 Forming Up 17
5 'War is Mostly about Waiting' 22
6 'Cry Havoc - and Let Slip the Dogs of War' 26
7 Operation Epsom 29
8 Interlude 44
9 Operation Goodwood 47
10 Another Interlude 69
11 Operation Bluecoat 72
12 Breakout 102
13 The Great Swan 114
14 The Taking of Antwerp 129
15 Prelude and Right Flank to Market Garden 142
16 Holland and the Peel Country 152
17 In the Bleak Midwinter: October 161
18 In the Bleak Midwinter: November 169
19 In the Bleak Midwinter: Leave 174
20 In the Bleak Midwinter: December 176
21 The Ardennes 181
22 In the Bleak Midwinter: January 187
23 In the Bleak Midwinter: February 190
24 Operation Blockbuster: the Hochwald Battle 195
25 Another Interlude: March 202
26 The Rhine Crossing and Advance 205
27 The Battle for Teutoburger Wald (Ibbenburen Ridge) 211
28 The River Weser Crossing 218
29 From the Weser to the Aller 223
30 Towards the Elbe 230
31 Belsen 234
32 The Last Stretch 237
33 Round-Up 243
Contributors to The Black Bull 251
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