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A Fine Night for Tanks: The Road to Falaise

A Fine Night for Tanks: The Road to Falaise
Autor: Ken Tout
Data publikacji: 1998-05
ISBN: 9780750917308
Język: angielski
Wymiary: 24.1 x 16.5 x 1.8 cm
Oprawa: twarda
Liczba stron: 200
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This is a very readable account of the first stage of battle that often gets side-lined, either by the US efforts on the other flank or by the later push on to Falaise. Tout tells the story with extensive use of eye-witness accounts. This gives the reader some small idea of what really concerned the front-line soldier.
He also puts the battle in context and explains why the tactics used by the Canadian General Simonds were so innovative.
Finally, the account of the demise of the German panzer-ace Wittman goes a long way, though not all the way, to explaining what happened.

Using eye-witness accounts from tank crews and infantry, Ken Tout reveals how on 7 August 1944 a combined Canadian and British force sent four armoured columns south of Caen to close the Falaise gap.

Caen had been an objective of the British forces assaulting Sword Beach on D-Day. However, the German defences were strongest in this sector, and most of the German reinforcements sent to Normandy were committed to the defence of the city.

Driving through the night, the British tanks reached their objectives behind German lines and linked up with their Canadian colleagues.

The elite Wittman Troop counter-attacked with Tiger tanks, the most feared weapon of the Normandy campaign, only to be wiped out for minimal Allied loss. Operation Totalize I was a stunning success and sealed the fate of the German forces now encircled and trapped in the Falaise Pocket.

‘Gripping and full of tales of extraordinary bravery’ – Tank Journal

Ken Tout served with the 1st Northamptonshire Yeomanry during the Second World War, fighting in Sherman tanks and seeing action in Operation ‘Totalize I’. Tout’s books have attracted many plaudits and have been described as Second World War classics.


About the Author

Ken Tout OBE, PhD served as an NCO with the 1st Northants Yeomanry, fighting with Sherman tanks during the Second World War and saw action in Operation 'Totalize 1' --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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