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Item No. EH-E001
The Panzers and the
Battle of Normandy
This title is now out of print.
by Georges Bernage
On June 6, 1944 the Allies landed in Normandy, faced by one poorly equipped armored division, even though field Marschall Erwin Rommel had originally intended to throw the invaders back into the sea on the first day.
The Following day, only 2nd Panzer Battalion of the "Hitlerjugend" Division arrived as a reinforcement and the failure of its counter-attack towards the coast allowed the advance of the Canadians. The 8th and 9th of June saw further defeats for the Panzer tanks of the same division. The tanks of the Panzer Lehr Division then arrived, but by that time the Allies had been considerably strengthened and the new German Counter-attack failed to get off the ground.
Henceforth, the panzers could only be engaged in a defensive capacity to ward off the Allied attacks. Three fresh German armored divisions entered the line at the end of June, but by then it was already too late. Cherbourg and Caen fell into the hands of the American and British forces. The panzers were knocked out one by one in these defensive battles and the losses could no longer be replenished. Having contained the Allies for more than six weeks, the panzer divisions were unable to prevent the rupture of the German front at the end of July 1944.
This generously illustrated book examines those six decisive weeks during which finely-engineered tanks manned by well-trained and highly-motivated crews managed to slow down the Allied advances. This book shall be an indispensable document for all those who wish to understand why the Battle of Normandy lasted as long as it did.
Hard cover, 8"x10", 168 pages, 250 photos, 32 pages of full color, 27 detailed maps, English text!