Item description for The Panzers and the Battle of Normandy: 5 June to 20 July 1944 by Georges Bernage...
Analysing, day by day, the sometimes epic tank battles following the Normandy landings, this book presents an extraordinary array of photographs from the time. The photos are accompanied by detailed captions, which will be invaluable to all tank enthusiasts, together with a compelling narrative.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.9" Width: 8.3" Height: 0.6" Weight: 2 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2001
ISBN 2840481359 ISBN13 9782840481355
Reviews - What do customers think about The Panzers and the Battle of Normandy: 5 June to 20 July 1944?
A USEFUL ACCOUNT Apr 15, 2008
I have a copy of this 'oversized' book from The Military Book Club and found the book to be acceptable, however, the 'cheapness' of its outer almost slick cardboard covering makes the present price rather steep. Also, no dust jacket on this baby.
Another reservation is that the book is a translation from French into English and at certain points the reading gets a little ragged. I have several other books from Editions Heimdal and that generally holds true as well.
Overall, I agree with the other reviewer that for a limited study of the action of Panzers at Normany it will engage the readers attention, but as an comprehensive view of the battle it comes up short. Another recent book THE GERMANS AT NORMANY, 2006, by Richard Hargreaves can help round out the story.
G. Bernage has given us a useful book with much information and many photos, some color also, but this book is not a book you can just curl up with and enjoy. It requires some work for the general reader to take in. If you are up to the task you will no doubt be happy to have this book on your shelf. Although I have it on my shelf, I would not recommend it to the general reader. For the general reader I would better suggest STEEL INFERNO, SS Panzer Corps In Normany by Michael Reynolds, fewer photos maybe, but much better text. The best bet of course, is to have all three of these books. So much the better!
Deathride of the Panzer elite Jan 31, 2007
This is a very interesting book which covers the period of the 5th June to 20th July 1944 and deals with the German Panzer divisions in the battle for Normandy during this time. It is not very large book being a little under 170 pages, but its contents especially its photographs are outstanding. There are a great many pictures of the men and fighting machines that made up some of Germanys elite Panzer divisions, such units as the Panzer Lehr, Leibstandatre, 21 Panzer Division, Hitlerjugend and the Heavy Tank battalions of both the Army and Waffen SS feature prominently. There are also excellent maps of the battlegrounds such as Operation Goodwood and Villiers Bocage to name a few. As well there are colour drawings of some of the units armour and even the uniforms of the tankers. But the photos some of which are the then and now variety truly are exceptional. However in amongst the photos is the text that deals briefly with the major actions the panzers fought in and personal accounts of the men who were there.The book is divided into sections that deal with the major battles during the time period and provides a brief but informative view of the battles. It is well written and easy to follow with enough information inside to keep you interested till the final pages, which are the colour insignia of the german units. If you are looking for a truly in depth coverage of the Battle of Normandy this is not for you but if your interest is the Panzer elite and its battles then this book is highly recommended