*Comprehensive retelling of the controversial British operation near Caen
*Told from both the British and German perspectives
*Heavily illustrated with maps and photos, including detailed aerial reconnaissance photos taken during the battle
While American infantry slogged its way through the hedgerows of western Normandy in July 1944, the British were waging a largely armored campaign to the east near Caen. Planned to have been seized on D-Day, Caen still remained contested on July 18, when Bernard Montgomery launched Operation Goodwood, whose exact purpose is still debated--either to draw Germans away from the American sector or to break out to Falaise. In one of the largest armored battles in British history, the British lost almost one-third of its tank strength in Normandy in exchange for a gain of only seven miles.
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BE CAREFUL, THIS IS A REPRINT, with a slightly different title, of a book previously published by Pen & Sword Books. A very good book, but check to make sure you don't already have this title (Operation Goodwood: The Great Tank Charge July 1944). I had to return this to Amazon since I already had purchased the Pen & Sword edition several years ago. Also, note that the Amazon listing does not make it clear that this is a reprint. If you don't already own this book, it is a very detailed description of this important Normandy battle. This is a very good book.
This is a very fine scholarly work on an armoured attack east of Caen in 1944 from the British side. The appendices alone are well worth the price of the book, but perhaps the finest aspect of the book is the author's use of aerial photographs and maps to show the progress of the fighting. The reader can look at the maps, understand what is happening, then view the aerial photographs to see the tank tracks showing the movements, and burning tanks that have just been mentioned in the narrative. Wow and double wow! It is extremely rare to see a combat action covered so well. I am hard-pressed to describe my feelings about a work that leaves so little uncovered and a narrative that presents all sides.
If there is anything missing it is a thorough discussion of Montgomery's intentions and expectations of this battle. Certainly he told Eisenhower that Goodwood would be the decisive breakthrough that would release the allies from their cage in Normandy, but when the...
I love reading war books, however, this is not one of my favorites. It does cover the history of the event in a timeline way, but to me it seems very sterile. This said, I still think history buffs should read it.
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