His detailed, graphic account gives the reader a fascinating insight into the opposing forces, the conditions, the terrain, the equipment and weaponry deployed – and it illustrates just how intense and protracted the fighting was on the ground.
The reasons for the slow Allied advance have been hotly disputed. Deficiencies in British and Canadian equipment and tactics have been blamed, as has the tenacity of the German resistance. Ultimately a sequence of Allied operations sapped the defenders’ strength, and it is these operations – Perch, Martlet, Epsom, Windsor, Charnwood, Jupiter, Atlantic, Goodwood – that feature strongly in the striking photographs that have been selected for this book.
They record in the most dramatic fashion the character of the fighting and show how even the SS divisions and heavy tank battalions were eventually defeated.
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Table of Contents
Photograph Sources 10
Chapter 1 D-Day Objective 11
Chapter 2 Operation Perch 27
Chapter 3 Operations Martlet and Epsom 47
Chapter 4 Operations Windsor and Charnwood 83
Chapter 5 XXX Corps against Panzer Group West 105
Chapter 6 Operation Goodwood 113
Chapter 7 Blunting the Panzers 133
Further Reading 143