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

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Within days of the D-Day landings, 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 Russian 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 reprisals so savage they will live for ever in the chronicles of the most appalling atrocities of war. Max Hastings' Das Reich is a powerful account of their progress and a true military classic.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 130 x 197 x 21mm | 250g
  • Pan Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main Market Ed.
  • Illustrations, maps
  • 0330509985
  • 9780330509985
  • 5,564

Table of contents

Section - i: List of Illustrations
Section - ii: Foreward


Section - iii: Prologue: London and France, 5/6 June 1944
Chapter - 1: 2nd SS Panzer Division: Montauben, Tarn-et-Garonne, May 1944
Chapter - 2: SOE: Baker Street
Chapter - 3: SOE: Southern France
Chapter - 4: The Road
Chapter - 5: Tulle: The 'Liberation'
Chapter - 6: Tulle: The Price
Chapter - 7: The Jeds
Chapter - 8: 'Panzer divisions are too good for this...'
Chapter - 9: '...a rapid and lasting clean up...': Oradour
Chapter - 10: Excess of Zeal
Chapter - 11: The SAS: Bulbasket
Chapter - 12: Normandy
Chapter - 13: Afterwards


Section - iv: Appendix A: 2nd Panzer Division's memorandum on anti-guerilla operations, issued on 9 June 1944
Section - v: Appendix B: Principal Weapons of the maquis and the 2nd Panzer Division
Section - vi: Bibliography and a Note on Sources
Acknowledgements - vii: Acknowledgements
Section - viii: Glossary
Section - ix: Notes and References
Index - x: Index
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About Sir Max Hastings

Sir Max Hastings, author of numerous books including Armageddon, Going to the Wars, and Das Reich, was editor of the Daily Telegraph for almost a decade, then for six years he edited the Evening Standard. In his youth he was a foreign correspondent for newspapers and BBC television. He has won many awards for his books and journalism, particularly his work in the South Atlantic in 1982. He was knighted in 2002 for services to journalism.
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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..show more
by Simon Robertson
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