Assault Crossing: The River Seine 1944 by Ken Ford lands on the |> SALE <| shelves in my shop.
David & Charles, 1988, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps;
From the cover: The assault crossing of the River Seine by the British 43rd (Wessex) Division in August 1944 remains one of the most important of the entire Second World War. The brilliant bouncing of the great river, opened the way for General Horrocks to unleash the armour of XXX Corps on their historic dash across northern France and Belgium.
Assault Crossing is the story of one British Division pitted against one German Division. On one side, a fully equipped, battle hardened unit made up of soldiers from the ancient Kingdom of Wessex, backed by some of the best artillery in the world and supported by tanks. On the other side, a much depleted, second rate, static division of men of various nationalities, conscripted to fight a war for Germany that was already lost. On paper, the British were assured of success, but between the two opposing armies lay one of the great rivers of Europe, the Seine; six hundred and eighty feet of open water, overlooked by high chalk cliffs riddled with defensive strongpoints. The Germans were waiting. In hindsight, the battle was described as an epic operation and used as an example to train future generations of soldiers. In reality, as with most battles, it was something of a shambles, lurching from crisis to crisis until the eventual bridgehead was secured.
This book gives an insight into the fighting mans war. It makes great use of eye-witness accounts to show the triumph and the tragedy of life at the sharp end.
It is a well illustrated book with many black and white photographs which depict the scenes and the men that fought behind the scenes. Detailed maps provide strategic information, and makes this book essential reading for all those with a military interest.
In the Decisive Battle Moments series.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 192 pages. Index. 9½” x 6¼”.
This book will be eventually reach my delightful website…(added to my Military History category.) but get 60% off buying from this very blog blog… Buy it now for just £2.60 + P&P! Of course, if you don’t like this one there are plenty more available here!