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Normandy 1944: The Battle for Caen

Normandy 1944: The Battle for Caen

by Simon Forty


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Caen, a D-Day objective on 6 June 1944, did not fall to the British and Canadian troops of Second Army until 6 August, by which time much of the city had been reduced to rubble. The two-month struggle was a crucial stage in the Normandy campaign and, as Simon Forty demonstrates in this photographic history, one of the most controversial.

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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781526723758
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication date: 05/18/2018
Series: Images of War Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 754,250
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Simon Forty was educated in Dorset and the north of England before reading history at London University’s School of Slavonic and East European Studies. He has been involved in publishing since the mid-1970s, first as editor and latterly as author. Son of author and RAC Tank Museum curator George Forty, he has continued in the family tradition writing mainly on historical and military subjects including books on the Napoleonic Wars and the two world wars. Recently he has produced a range of highly illustrated books on the Normandy battlefields, the Atlantic Wall and the liberation of the Low Countries with co-author Leo Marriott.

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

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

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