Caen 1944

Montgomery’s break-out attempt

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Caen 1944

Montgomery’s break-out attempt

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One of the key objectives of British forces on D-Day during World War II (1939-1945)was the capture of the strategically vital city of Caen. General Montgomery saw Caen as the key to Normandy and the springboard for the Allied breakout, but so did the Germans and the city did not fall. It took three major offensives and more than 30 bloody days of struggle to finally take Caen. In the process the city was controversially devastated and its civilian population decimated. The Allies paid a high price for Caen but the horrific German casualties bled their forces in Normandy white and helped open the way for the American breakout in Operation Cobra.

Table of Contents

Origins of the Campaign/Chronology/Opposing commanders/Opposing armies/Orders of battle/Opposing plans/D-Day and the drive for Caen/Operation Epsom/Operation Charnwood/Operation Goodwood/The fall of Caen and the aftermath/The battlefield today/Bibliography/Index

Product details

Published Aug 20 2004
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781841766256
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 69 b/w; 21 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Campaign
Short code CAM 143
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Ken Ford

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Peter Dennis

Peter Dennis was inspired by contemporary magazine…

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