Reich The March of the 2nd SS Panzer Division Through France, June 1944

ISBN-10: 0760344914
ISBN-13: 9780760344910
Edition: 2013
Authors: Max Hastings
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Description: World-renowned British historian Sir Max Hastings recounts one of the most horrific months of World War II. June 1944, the month of the D-Day landings carried out by Allied forces in Normandy, France. Germany’s 2nd SS Panzer Division, one of Adolf  More...

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List price: $21.99
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: MBI Publishing Company LLC
Publication date: 6/15/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.166
Language: English

World-renowned British historian Sir Max Hastings recounts one of the most horrific months of World War II. June 1944, the month of the D-Day landings carried out by Allied forces in Normandy, France. Germany’s 2nd SS Panzer Division, one of Adolf Hitler’s most elite armor units, had recently been pulled from the Eastern Front and relocated to France in order to regroup, recruit more troops, and restock equipment. With Allied forces suddenly on European ground, the division—Das Reich —was called up to counter the invasion. Its march northward to the shores of Normandy, 15,000 men strong, would become infamous as a tale of unparalleled brutality in World War II. Das Reichis Sir Max Hastings’s narrative of the atrocities committed by the 2nd SS Panzer Division during June of 1944: first, the execution of 99 French civilians in the village of Tulle on June 9; and second, the massacre of 642 more in the village of Oradour-sur-Glane on June 10. Throughout the book, Hastings expertly shifts perspective between French resistance fighters, the British Secret Service (who helped coordinate the French resistance from afar and on the ground), and the German soldiers themselves. With its rare, unbiased approach to the ruthlessness of World War II,Das Reichexplores the fragile moral fabric of wartime mentality.

British journalist, editor, and historian Max Hastings was born on December 28, 1945. He was a foreign correspondent for BBC television and London's Evening Standard, for which he later served as editor from 1996 to 2001. Hastings also worked as editor and editor-in-chief of The Daily Telegraph. In addition to presenting BBC historical documentaries and writing numerous books of military history, Hastings has contributed to publications including the Daily Mail, The Guardian, and the New York Review of Books. He received the nonfiction Somerset Maugham Award for Bomber Command, as well as the Yorkshire Post Book of the Year Prize for both Overlord and The Battle for the Falklands. His title Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2013. Hastings was knighted in 2002, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and from 2002-2007 was President of the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

Foreword
Prologue: London and France, 5/6 June 1944
2nd SS Panzer Division: Montauban, Tarn-et-Garonne, May 1944
SOE: Baker Street
SOE: Southern France
The Road
Tulle: The "Liberation"
Tulle: The Price
The Jeds
"Panzer divisions are too good' for this …"
"… a rapid and lasting clean-up …": Oradour
Excess of Zeal
The SAS: Bulbasket
Normandy
Afterwards
2nd SS Panzer Divison's memorandum on anti-guerilla operations, issued on 9 June 1944
Principal Weapons of the Maquis and the 2nd SS Panzer Division
Bibliography and A Note on Sources
Notes and References
Acknowledgments
Glossary
Index

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