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Das Reich : the march of the 2nd SS Panzer Division through France

Author: Max Hastings
Publisher: New York : Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1982, ©1981.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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The march of the Das Reich 2nd SS Panzer Division from southern France to Normandy in June 1944 is one of the great untold sagas of the Second World War. In the wake of D-Day, General Heinz Lamerding and 15,000 German soldiers swept through France seeking to subdue the Resistance with absolute ruthlessness. Meanwhile, French maquisards, armed by British and French officers of Special Operations Executive, created a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Max Hastings
ISBN: 003057059X 9780030570599 9780030590481 0030590485
OCLC Number: 7875382
Description: vi, 264 pages, 16 leaves of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Max Hastings.

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The march of the Das Reich 2nd SS Panzer Division from southern France to Normandy in June 1944 is one of the great untold sagas of the Second World War. In the wake of D-Day, General Heinz Lamerding and 15,000 German soldiers swept through France seeking to subdue the Resistance with absolute ruthlessness. Meanwhile, French maquisards, armed by British and French officers of Special Operations Executive, created a parallel legend in challenging their passage. On the roads of southern France, at terrible cost, local résistants manned their barricades against tanks and armoured cars. At Tulle, which 3,000 communists seized after D-Day, the Das Reich fought its way into the town and hanged 99 civilians from the lampposts in reprisal. When maquisards captured an SS battalion commander near Limoges, in the search that followed one of his comrades revenged himself by massacring and burning 642 men, women, and children in the village of Oradour-sur-Glane. Rail attacks, coordinated by British officers, made it impossible for the Das Reich to move its tanks to Normandy for over two weeks, despite desperate orders from the German high command. As the bulk of the division crawled north by road, its vital gasoline supplies were destroyed by bombing directed by a party of 50 officers and men of the British Special Air Service, who had been parachuted near Poiters to attack German communications, and who were eventually captured and shot. Only a handful survived.

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