Das Reich: The March of the 2nd Panzer Division Through France, 1944 (Anglais) Broché – 10 novembre 2000
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Sir Max Hastings (West Berkshire, UK) is an author, journalist, and broadcaster whose work has won numerous awards and accolades. He now writes regularly for the Daily Mail and Financial Times, of which he is a contributing editor, and reviews books for the Sunday Times and New York Review of Books. He has published 23 books. In 2012, Sir Max Hastings was honored with the Pritzker Military Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing.
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It covers resistance activity and German atrocities, but fails to explain why it was vital for the Allies to delay Das Reich's arrival in Normandy.
The book does not express an opinion on the relative importance of the various factors that delayed Das Reich; it present the factors in the way the Allies would like them to be perceived, but left an impression that the impact of Allied and Resistance efforts was far less than that of German command errors.
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The second half of the book was better, including the descriptions of the massacres at Tulle and Oradour, and the discussion of the effects of the resistance on slowing the progress of the 2nd SS, and the morality of the massacres.
On another note: the number of typos that are in this book is astounding! What happened to editing? Bad show.
There are three major stories in this book. The first is the movement of Das Reich as it tried to get to Normandy in time to thwart the Allies advance inland from the invasion beaches. The second is the atrocities they committed during that march. The third is the part the French resistance played prior to and after the June 6th landing.
I have read many of Hasting's books. I love how much detail he brings to his work. The downside is Hastings propensity to use long meandering sentences.
British and US special services promoted the Resistance but in a romantic and impractical way, which lead to untrained armed civilians being mown down by tanks. Yet, the Das Reich was seriously delayed.
In all, a fascinating study of a few critical days after D-Day, As Chesterton said, madness is normal behaviour set in a different place. OK, a paraphrase but if you sit in the turret of a Panzer, it all makes hideous sense.