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BOOK REVIEW: Six Armies in Normandy: From D-Day to the Liberation of Paris

Posted By Russ Lockwood, Monday, August 26, 2019

BOOK REVIEW: Six Armies in Normandy: From D-Day to the Liberation of Paris

by John Keegan.

A little dated, but still classic account of WWII Allied and German operations, mostly in Normandy, but edging into Brittany, covering the Falaise Pocket, and ending with the liberation of Paris.

Lots of tabletop scenarios just waiting to be created as the text veers from operational explanation to tactical anecdotes. Army Group OBs, down to divisions, from June 6 to Aug 25, 1944, with one German and seven Allied OBs down to regiment level. Enjoyed it.

Tags:  Normandy  WW2  WWII 

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BOOK REVIEW: Das Reich: The Military Role of the 2nd SS Division

Posted By Russ Lockwood, Tuesday, June 4, 2019
BOOK REVIEW: Das Reich: The Military Role of the 2nd SS Division

by James Lukas

Written with cooperation of veterans from the Der Fuhrer Regiment of the Das Reich Division, this thin 1991 book provides an overview of the creation of the division and its military operations 1939 to 1945, from Poland to last defense of Germany in Hungary and Czechoslovakia.

It barely mentions any atrocities and at times reads like SS propaganda. Skirmish gamers might cull the text for small action scenarios. Of note, a road march from Southern France to Western Romania in 1941 took eight days (p.51). Compare that to 17 days needed to get from Toulouse to Normandy after D-Day (p.128). Overall, this overview provides a sense of ebb and flow of combat over the war years.

Tags:  Eastern Front  Normandy  WW2  WWII 

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BOOK REVIEW: Steel Inferno: 1st SS Panzer Corps in Normandy

Posted By Russ Lockwood, Friday, April 19, 2019
Updated: Thursday, April 18, 2019
BOOK REVIEW: Steel Inferno: 1st SS Panzer Corps in Normandy

by Michael Reynolds. 

An in-depth, day-by-day look at the tactical and operational actions of the 1st SS Panzer Corps, primarily 1st SS LAH and 12th SS HJ divisions, from June 6, 1944 to August 25, 1944. Great detail, often down to individual tanks and platoons. Often lists casualties and strength returns at end of daily description of battles. It needs far more tactical maps than included to follow the attacks and counterattacks. Enjoyed it.

Tags:  Normandy  Panzer  WW2 

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