- Publisher: Pan Books
- Format: Paperback | 288 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 197mm x 23mm | 255g
- Publication date: 21 August 2009
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0330509985
- ISBN 13: 9780330509985
- Illustrations note: Illustrations, maps
- Sales rank: 52,849
Within days of the D-Day lanings, the 'Das Reich' 2nd SS Panzer Division marched north through France to reinforce the front-line defenders of Hitler's Fortress Europe. Veterans of the bloodiest fighting of the Russion Front, 15,000 men with their tanks and artillery, they were hounded for every mile of their march by saboteurs of the Resistance and agents of the Allied Special Forces. Along their route they took reporisals so savage they will live for ever in the chronicles of the most appalling atrocities of war. Max Hasting's powerful account of their progress is a true military classic.
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Max Hastings, author of twenty books, was editor of the Daily Telegraph for almost a decade, and then for six years edited the Evening Standard in London. In his youth he was foreign correspondent for newspapers and BBC television. He has won many awards for his journalism, particularly his work in the South Atlantic in 1982. He was knighted in 2002.
By Simon Robertson 06 Apr 2014
This book had high expectations from me as I am an avid reader of German World War 2 books especially those involving the S.S.
Although informative there are some aspects I found that the author focused too much on, such as the Allied side of things. If I wanted to read up on that I would have brought books on the subject.
I did not want to know who eat what for breakfast and what an individual picked out of his egg and truffle omelette as he thought it was coal, really who cares. How did this omelette affect an entire SS Panzer Division? I mean really who cares.
This book could have been condensed down by half if the author had concentrated on the intended topic and not some want to be French civilians who wanted to play soldier.
As it has occurred it seams I have wasted my time, effort and money on this book. I highly recommend not to waste money on it if you want to read up on the 2nd SS Panzer Div..