Book review: The Waffen-SS in Normandy

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11 August 2019
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Fierce defence from the Germans slowed the initial advance into Normandy by the Allies but their forces were beset by difficulties.

Author: Yves Buffetaut

Reviewed by: Duncan Evans

 

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Fierce defence from the Germans slowed the initial advance into Normandy by the Allies but their forces were beset by difficulties. This heavily illustrated (over 150 photos) book tells the story of the various SS divisions and their attempts to counter the Allied invasion. Typically, with Hitler’s meddling, re-enforcements arrived and were deployed piecemeal, rather than with any strategic objective, lessoning their effectiveness. The bigger problems though were lack of training for new divisions, shortage of anti-tank weapons, lack of fuel and almost complete control of the air in Allied hands.

 

This is a real overview of the conflict, with reports of the SS performance against Operations Goodwood and Cobra, details on the tanks and vehicles they used, and maps of the main conflicts.

 

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• Casemate Illustrated

 

• ISBN 978-1-6120-0641-3

 

• 128 pages • Softcover • £19.99

 

 

As reviewed in The Armourer July 2019

 

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