Tigers in Normandy - Wolfgang SchneiderBarnsley: Pen & Sword, 2011, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper is nicked at the bottom corner of the upper panel, else pleasant.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Diagrams; Maps; Tables; 2-column text; Appendices ; Plans;
From the cover: “The Tiger heavy tank was one of the most famous — and feared — armoured vehicles of World War II, and although the Germans employed only a limited number in Normandy during the summer of 1944, Tigers delivered formidable blows against Allied armour throughout the campaign. In Tigers in Normandy, tank expert Wolfgang Schneider details the combat history of the Tiger in the months following the Allies’ invasion of France.
The Tiger was a brute of a tank. Both the Tiger I and Tiger II (King Tiger) tipped the scales at more than sixty tons — double the weight of the Sherman — but still possessed impressive manoeuvrability. Not only was the Tiger more thickly armoured, but its 88mm gun packed a frighteningly powerful punch that outmatched most Allied tanks. In the West, only the British Sherman Firefly and its 17-pounder gun proved able to defeat the Tiger at typical combat ranges.
Hedgerows made manoeuvre difficult for tracked vehicles, but the terrain in the eastern part of Normandy offered more opportunities for tank warfare. It was here, in the British and Canadian sector, that the Tiger made its Normandy debut at Villers-Bocage a week after D-Day. In this town to the west of the vital city of Caen, Tiger tanks ambushed British forces and knocked out a number of vehicles, the majority of them by the famous ace Michael Wittmann.
Thus began two months of nearly constant battle as Tigers countered enemy armour in a string of British operations: Epsom, Jupiter, Goodwood, Bluecoat, Totalize, and Tractable. The Tiger might have bested most of its opponents in tank-on-tank combat, but the Germans’ deteriorating situation in Normandy meant that Tigers could not be deployed effectively and that losses could not be replaced. The surviving Tigers joined the battered German forces that escaped through the Falaise Gap in August 1944.
Featuring orders of battle, tank inventories, maps, period photos, and then-and-now shots of terrain, Tigers in Normandy vividly recreates the Tiger’s battles from June to August 1944 and carefully assesses its tactical and operational performance.”