Hill 112: Cornerstone of the Normandy Campaign - J. J. HowLondon: William Kimber, 1984, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.
Includes: Plans of battle; Black & white photographs; Maps; List of sources;
From the cover: “No soldier who huddled in a battened-down tank or in a hastily scraped hole on Hill 112 and came out of it alive ever forgot those sweltering summer days and fearful nights, the scream of falling shells and mortar bombs, and the sickening smell of death that overpowered all else on that mound of torn-up earth soaked in sweat and blood.
Yet there is nothing spectacular about Hill 112. It rises gently from the valley of the Odon River, itself little more than a stream. But Hill 112 became the cornerstone of the German defence in Normandy. That is why the Scottish Corridor was blasted south leaving a trail of desolation, of pock-marked fields, burning farms, burning tanks and burning vehicles.
These battles were the baptism of fire of the untried soldiers of the UK command who for four long years had been spectators looking in at the war from the outside. Stalemate was already staring at the Allied commanders when these unblooded divisions of citizen soldiers were thrown in to break the impasse. They advanced straight into a battle with a Waffen SS elite firm in faith to Fuehrer and Fatherland, the panzer divisions that Hitler was concentrating to throw the Allies back into the sea.
This is the story of the six weeks of fierce combat that followed. It is the story of soldiers hanging on grimly to the holes in the ground that they had managed to win and hold. It is the story of cruel battle, of fear, of bitter memory and courage.”