Item description for ARMOR IN NORMANDY - THE BRITISH (Mini-Guides) by Thers Alexandre, Alexandre Thers, Mountain Top Historical Society , Beth M. Schiffman, Jeffrey Smith, E. A. Conwell, Eric Kingson & Kevin Nowlan...
Each mini-guide allows the reader to get to know more about a region's history, linking historical events with places of interest and sites of note, as well as providing an unprecedented visual feast of contemporary photographs, uniforms, badges and equipment - all in full color. Practical information is included in each mini-guide and itineraries are suggested for those wishing to visit battlefields, monuments, memorials and museums.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 6.75" Height: 9.25" Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2004
Publisher Histoire and Collections
ISBN 291523941X ISBN13 9782915239416
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Soldiers in Normandy - The british Apr 5, 2006
Overall a good book having many pictures of British fighting men and their weapons and equipment. I did question the Commando armed with a No 1 Mk III Service Rifle - at the time of Normandy the No 4 rifle was standard issue for all troops. A minor point. However I feel the introduction was a bit negative regarding the effectiveness of the British Army. Granted Britain was a maritime nation, and the pre-war development of the army was impacted by the philosophy that Britain would not fight another continental war. However as the war unfolded they did develop a very well armed and effective fighting force. At the time of D-Day the effectiveness of the army army was impacted by a heavy loss of troops killed in action and the destruction of Britain's industrial base. However the troops who landed in Normandy were well trained and equipped. I fail to see the truth in the authors comment that " they fought less well than the average American unit". Some of these British soldiers had fought from Dunkirk and thought Africa and fought well in France. The training new troops received in Britain was as good as the training the green American troops received stateside and in Britain. The British Army was not perfect it did sometimes lack the aggressiveness of the other armies but this was the result of dwindling manpower and continuous action from 1939. A good reference book but the introduction paints a poor picture of the british fighting man.