Caen: Anvil of Victory

Paperback | April 1, 2012

byAlexander McKee

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A brilliant reconstruction of the struggle that ravaged Normandy throughout the summer of 1944 in the wake of the D-Day landings, this work culls personal accounts of those who took part in the fighting, both Allied and German, and of the French civilians caught in one of the most terrible and heroic episodes of the Second World War. With fearful losses on both sides and unspeakable suffering for the French, who had to endure constant massive bombardments from the air, this acclaimed account re-creates a vivid portrait of the action and feelings felt by all involved. A major commemoration of the role played by the common soldiers—those who witnessed the landings and experienced the Battle for Caen—this edition includes revisions and new material and is further enhanced by archival photographs.

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D-day did not mean immediate victory. The June 6, 1944 landing was the beginning of months of raging battles for control of Caen, and was won at an enormous cost. Alexander McKee draws on the personal accounts of the people who were there fighting on both sides, and of the French civilians who were caught in the crossfire. Caen: An...

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A brilliant reconstruction of the struggle that ravaged Normandy throughout the summer of 1944 in the wake of the D-Day landings, this work culls personal accounts of those who took part in the fighting, both Allied and German, and of the French civilians caught in one of the most terrible and heroic episodes of the Second World War. W...

Alexander McKee was a revered military historian and the author of numerous books, including The Devil’s Tinderbox: Dresden 1945 and The Race for the Rhine Bridges.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8.5 × 5.25 × 0.9 inPublished:April 1, 2012Publisher:Souvenir PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:028563559X

ISBN - 13:9780285635593

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D-day did not mean immediate victory. The June 6, 1944 landing was the beginning of months of raging battles for control of Caen, and was won at an enormous cost. Alexander McKee draws on the personal accounts of the people who were there fighting on both sides, and of the French civilians who were caught in the crossfire. Caen: Anvil of Victory reconstructs the battle that ravaged Normandy before the Allied position in Europe was cemented.