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Villers-Bocage Through the Lens

Villers-Bocage Through the Lens
Autor: Daniel Taylor
Data publikacji: 1999-02-00
ISBN: 9781870067072
Wydawca: After the Battle
Język: angielski
Wymiary: 30.6 x 21.2 x 1.8 cm
Oprawa: twarda
Liczba stron: 88
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Opis produktu:

An analysis of the tank battle that took place at Villers-Bocage in 1944, when the 7th Armoured Division, or "Desert Rats", took on German panzers and were heavily defeated. The text bases its arguments on photographs taken in the aftermath and the testimony of German tank ace Michael Wittmann. 


This extraordinary book is a model of research for military enthusiasts, providing an exemplar of the dispassionate handling of a variety of sources, and a wholly secure grasp of strategic, operational and tactical perspectives.

The battle has long since been shrouded in mythology, endowing the Tiger ace Michael Wittman with almost supernatural powers. Far from a clumsy piece of revisionism, Taylor manages to clarify events in the town in June 1944, and Wittman's achievements become all the more remarkable when placed in the realm of reality. Similarly, the 'fight back' by 7th Armoured, achieving a number of kills against Tigers with markedly underpowered (apart from the Sherman Firefly) equipment, is given new prominence.

The central historical source here is a substantial reel of photographs taken by German war journalists keen to maximise the propaganda value of this armoured clash. Taylor not only contexualises every shot (incidentally exposing some clumsy phot-manipulation by Signal magazine) but even reconstructs the sequence in which they were taken.

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