Villers-Bocage: Normandy 1944 (Anglais) Broché – 1 mars 2011
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Revue de presse
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In this new publication Henri Marie returns to the subject of Villers Bocage with new insights and documentation. A complementary study by a Panzer specialist [Wolfgang Schneider] makes it possible to verify Michael Wittman's real motives in contrast to what German propaganda claimed. This is a controversial yet definitive work on the famous battle between 7th Armoured Division and the s.SS-Pz. Abt. 101, integrating photos from the time with those taken today.
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Text is in both French and English which makes relating to photos more difficult, but worth the effort.
The skill and courage of Wittman and his crew is clearly demonstrated as is the over confidence of the English units.
There is an ample supply of photographs supporting the work from British, French and German sources; as this is a book not only of the battle the photographs show the town before the war, the devastation unleashed via the battle and bombings, as well as modern ones to show the recovery. Photos of the model of the town, based i believe in the town hall of Villers-Bocage, are also included. Photographs of key British and German personnel are included as well as many photos of the French civillians who lived in the town and including at least one shocking photo of a young French girl? wounded during the bombing; a reminder and something to ram home the point that war is hell.
While similar in some respects to works such as Daniel Taylor and George Forty, Marie has provided even greater detail on the movements made by various units and people during the battle and the work is filled with various diagrams and maps to support him. In the final section of the book German soldier, historian, and tank specialist Wolfgang Schneider asks some tough questions in regards to the actions undertaken by the German forces during the battle providing a new point of view to the usually damning analysis aimed at the British forces; in essence evening out the scorecard.
As this is the bilingual edition (the hardback edition) it is in both French and English - half of a page is in French, the other half in English; this knocks the 160 page work down to roughly 80 pages worth of English text. As it has been translated from French to English there are some minor problems with translations and spelling, in some cases some of the diagrams and maps do not have translations on them, but on the whole this doesn't not present too much of a problem for the non-French reader. Additionally there are some mistakes; the most dominate ones are that various brigade insignia are presented early on as the 7th Armour's divisional insignia and there is a somewhat discredited version of how Michael Wittmann finally met his end (see Brian Reid's No Holding Back and Stephen Hart's Sherman Firefly Vs Tiger for better coverage). These mistakes in no way discredit or take away from this rather unique look at the battle and the town.