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

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Pan Macmillan, Mar 22, 2012 - History - 288 pages
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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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User Review  - JesperCFS2 - LibraryThing

In my humble opinion this is not the best of Hastings books. Can't put a finger on anything particularly, it may be the subject, I don't know. Actually I was a bit disappointed. A 'first' with Hastings though Read full review

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User Review  - HenriMoreaux - LibraryThing

This non-fiction account follows the elite Waffen-SS division 'Das Reich' (2nd SS Panzer Division) and their notorious 1944 journey from the southern French town of Montauban to the Normandy front ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

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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