Operation Epsom Over the Battlefield

Author: Ian Daglish
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ISBN: 9781473845596
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Before EPSOM in late June 1944 there remained the chance that a German counterstroke might seriously threaten the bridgehead. After EPSOM, the Allies retained the strategic initiative through to the liberation of France and Belgium. This was a battle in which highly trained but largely inexperienced British 'follow-up' divisions, newly arrived in Normandy, confronted some of the best equipped, best led and battle-hardened formations of the Third Reich. Beginning with a set-piece British assault on the German lines in dense terrain, the battle developed into swirling armored action on the open slopes of Hills 112 and 113, before the British turned to grimly defending their gains in the face of concentric attacks by two full SS-Panzer Korps. This entirely new study brings together previously unseen evidence to present an important Normandy battle in very great detail. The unfolding action is illustrated using aerial photography of the battlefield and period Army maps.

Operation Bluecoat

Author: Ian Daglish
Publisher: Pen and Sword
ISBN: 1783034475
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After seven weeks of bitter fighting there was a desperate need to break out of the Normandy bridgehead. In late July 1944 Lieutenant-General Sir Miles Dempsey’s Second Army moved two entire corps from the Caen sector to the relatively quiet countryside around Caumont. Here, the British XXX Corps prepared to give battle, with VII Corps advancing in support on the right flank between XXX Corps and the American first Army. The offensive did not go to plan. While the XXX Corps attack stalled, VIII Corps surged ahead. With the experienced 11th Armoured and 15th Scottish Divisions in the lead and Guards Armoured close behind, a deep penetration was made, threatening to take the pivotal city of Vire and unhinge General Hausser’s German Seventh Army. The main narrative of this book will span the initial break-in from Caumont on 30 July, through the armored battles of the following days, to the desperate German counter-attacks of 4 – 6 August, the no less desperate German defense of Estry up to the middle of the month, and the final withdrawal from Normandy. The book also examines Monty’s refusal to seize Vire, the disputed Anglo-American border and the Operation’s impact on the German Mortain offensive.

Operation Epsom

Author: Tim Saunders
Publisher: Pen and Sword
ISBN: 0850529549
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Operation EPSOM was Montgomery's third attempt to take the city of Caen, which was a key British D-Day objective. This book takes us through the actions in vivid detail. Delayed by a storm, the attack, designed to envelop Caen from the west, eventually began at the end of June 1944. The Territorial Army battalions of 15th Scottish Division spearheaded the attacks through the well developed positions of 12th

Battle of the Odon

Author: Georges Bernage
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books
ISBN: 9781473857612
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The Battle of the Odon evokes the clash between the British Army and the II SS-Panzer Korps, as they attacked across the Odon Valley during Operation "Epsom" in June 1944. Using contemporary photographs and documents, this book provides day-by-day details of the operation that was just one part of what is commonly referred to as the 'Battle of Normandy'.

Operation Epsom

Author: Lloyd Clark
Publisher: Sutton Pub Limited
ISBN: 9780750930086
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Operation 'Epsom, ' launched on June 29, was General Bernard Montgomery's third attempt to take the city of Caen, which had been a key D-Day objective. The attack deployed VIII Corps, consisting of 11th and Guards Armoured Divisions, 15th (Scottish) Division and 6th Independent Armoured Brigade.

On the Bloody Road to Berlin

Author: Duncan Rogers
Publisher: Helion & Company Limited
ISBN: 9781874622086
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This book puts you in the front line of the titanic struggles fought in Northwest Europe and on the Eastern Front between June 1944 and May 1945. Follow the course of these campaigns through the eyes of a small number of British, American, Russian, and German soldiers. The great majority of this book consists of outstanding first-person narratives of the bitter fighting on the road to Berlin. Eyewitnesses include troops from the British infantry, tank and airborne forces, US infantry, Russian infantry, tank and artillery units, and German infantry along with the Waffen-SS. Events narrated include the taking of Pegasus Bridge, vicious fighting in Normandy, Operation Bagration, Arnhem, the Ardennes and Alsace, the massive Vistula-Oder offensive in the East, and the final battles in Vienna and Berlin. This book reminds the reader of the hardships and triumphs in the final leg of World War II.

Western Front

Author: Ian A. Baxter
Publisher: Spellmount, Limited Publishers
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Featuring 250 previously unpublished action photographs, this work offers a highly illustrated study of the Waffen SS throughout Europe.

Ireland s Generals in the Second World War

Author: Richard Doherty
Publisher: Four Courts PressLtd
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This book looks at the wartime careers of nineteen Irishmen who reached general officer rank - from brigadier upward - and assesses their records. As well as the bestknown (Alexander, Auchinleck and Montgomery), the author also reminds us about Britain's first successful general of the war, Richard O'Connor, and the commander of the UK's anti-aircraft defences, Tim Pile, as well as two commanders of the Irish Brigade (Nelson Russell and Pat Scott), another infantry brigade commander (Adrian Gore) and tank brigade commander David Dawnay. Here also is one of the most successful divisional commanders of the war - Freddie Loftus Tottenham - who led a West African division in Burma, as well as the man who took over command of the Chindits after Orde Wingate's death - Joe Lentaigne. The book also includes three generals of English birth who were of Irish stock - Sir Richard McCreery, whose family roots were in Co. Tyrone, Sir Brian Horrocks, whose mother came from Co. Antrim, and Sir Allan Adair, also from an Antrim family. This book should be of interest to anyone interested in battlefield strategy during World War Two and to those interested in how key campaigns, particularly from 1942 to 1945, were fought.

Normandy Crucible

Author: John Prados
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101516615
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A military intelligence expert examines the most formative battle of World War II. The Battle of Normandy was the greatest offensive campaign the world had ever seen. Millions of soldiers battling for control of Europe were thrust onto the front lines of a massive war unlike any experienced in history. But the greatest of clashes would prove to be the crucible in which the outcome of World War II would be decided. Author John Prados tells the story of how and why the tactics and battle plans of Normandy proved so formative, and reconstructs the climactic Allied Normandy breakout from both sides of the battle lines.