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This is an auction for CAEN: ANVIL OF VICTORY by Alexander McKee. reviews:

"CAEN: ANVIL OF VICTORY is 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."

"FIVE STARS!!! In addition to giving a well crafted account of the fighting and what it felt like to be a British or Canadian soldier in Normandy McKee provides lots of information and first person accounts from the German side as well. There are books with more technical detail but this is one upon which all subsequent accounts of Normandy can be based. I find myself sharing McKee's frustration as one bloody blunder follows another. After reading this book one becomes aware of just how big a debt the Allies owed to Hitler for pushing his troops into a trap (Falaise) from which fewer than half broke free."

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Paperback 2000.

368 pages + photographs.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95 (ordinary post) or $6.95 (tracked mail). If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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