The Battle of the Odon evokes the clash between the British Army and the II SS-Panzer Korps, as they attacked across the Odon Valley during Operation "Epsom" in June 1944.Using contemporary photographs and documents, this book provides day ...
Author: Georges Bernage
Publisher: Pen and Sword
The Battle of the Odon evokes the clash between the British Army and the II SS-Panzer Korps, as they attacked across the Odon Valley during Operation "Epsom" in June 1944.Using contemporary photographs and documents, this book provides day-by-day details of the operation that was just one part of what is commonly referred to as the 'Battle of Normandy'.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! The Second Battle of the Odon was a series of operations fought by the British Army in mid-July 1944 against the German Heer (Army) as part of the Battle of Normandy.
Author: Jesse Russell
Publisher: Book on Demand Limited
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! The Second Battle of the Odon was a series of operations fought by the British Army in mid-July 1944 against the German Heer (Army) as part of the Battle of Normandy. The two operations launched-Greenline and Pomegranate-were designed to draw German attention away from the upcoming assault, out of the Orne bridgehead, codenamed Goodwood.
Numerous illustrations and maps complement the lively text.
Author: Tim Saunders
Publisher: Casemate Publishers
Over a month after the D-Day landings the Allies were still confined to the Normandy peninsula. The German line was anchored by the medieval town of Caen, which the British were supposed to have occupied on D-Day. The key to capturing Caen was Hill 112, known to the Germans as "Kalverienberg" (or "Mount Calvary").Under pressure from Churchill, Montgomery launched a major offensive. Unfortunately, German reinforcements delayed by Allied bombing were now arriving in the Caen area. The British found themselves facing no less than four SS divisions, the 1st, 2nd, 9th and 10th and the Tigers of the 502nd SS Heavy Panzer Regiment. An all-out Allied effort, including heavy bombers and naval bombardment, was required to secure the final victory.This new addition to the Battleground Europe series details all the action around Hill 112. Numerous illustrations and maps complement the lively text.
(49.177404, -0.513922) Operation EPSOM OR The First Battle of the Odon 26 to
30 June The Great Storm of 19 June put a temporary halt to British Second Army
offensive operations until 26 June. EPSOM was a combined infantry/armor ...
Author: Robert J Mueller
Publisher: French Battlefields
A complete guide to Normandy Battlefields providing the history, places, and people who made victory in the Second World War possible. Recipient of 7 National book awards. On 6 June 1944, 156,000 American, British, and Canadian servicemen fought ashore on beaches along the Normandy coast or landed from the air to begin wresting back Nazi occupied Europe. The D-Day invasion was the largest amphibious landing in history. Although successful, it was only precursor to months of the deadly fighting necessary to dislodge stubborn German defenders from the Norman countryside and eventually liberate France. As a visitor s guide, Fields of War: Battle of Normandy presents the actual locations of key events in the struggle to free France from German occupation. Each battlefield visit begins with a succinct history of events followed by a description of the intense military action that determined success or failure. Extensive detailed maps illustrate the flow of the battle across the landscape and the units that participated. Detailed driving instructions and GPS co-ordinates direct visitors to each battlefield site. Descriptions of museums, memorials, cemeteries, and surviving artifacts are given along with their hours of operation. Mailing, email, and web addresses are also provided.
... of the epic struggles of the Normandy battle. Two SS Panzer divisions, 2 SS (
Das Reich) and 10 SS of the II SS Panzer Corps, backed by 9 SS Panzer, which
had been holding the ground south of the Odon, were flung into this counter-
Author: Robin Neillands
Publisher: Hachette UK
A fresh and incisive examination of one of the Second World War's crucial campaigns, the battle for Normandy in the months after D-Day. What happened to the Allied armies in Normandy in the months after D-Day, 1944? Why, after the initial success of the landings, did their advance stall a few miles inland from the beaches? Why did the British take so long to capture Caen? Why did the US infantry struggle so much in the bocage south of Omaha beach? Who was right about the conduct of the land campaign - Eisenhower or Montgomery? How did the Germans, deprived of air support, manage to hold off such a massive Allied force for more than two months? And if Enigma was allowing the Allies to read German battleplans, why did things go wrong as often as they did? THE BATTLE OF NORMANDY re-examines the demands and difficulties of the campaign and sheds new light on both with the aid of accounts from veterans on both sides. (Oral history forms a large part of the book.) It also analyses in detail the plans and performance of the commanders involved: Eisenhower, Bradley, Patton, Montgomery, Crerar and, of course, Rommel. Controversial and at times catastrophic, the Battle of Normandy was the last great set-piece battle in history and is long overdue for reassessment.
... the 1st Battalion/3rd Tank Brigade knocked out at least 18 Soviet armoured
fighting vehicles and lost five of its own Panzer IVs on the first – and for it the last
– day of the tank battle at Komárom. ... (Ödön Bese: As it has happened), pp.92-
Author: Nortbert Számvéber
Publisher: Helion and Company
Days of Battle describes a hitherto neglected part of the military history of Hungary during World War II. Dr Norbert Számvéber the presents detailed accounts of four important clashes of German-Hungarian and Soviet armor north of the river Danube, in the southern territory of the historical Upper Hungary (part of Hungary between 1938 and 1945, at the present time now part of Slovakia) in three separate studies. The first is an account of the battle between the Ipoly and Garam rivers during the second half of December 1944, in which the élite Hungarian Division "Szent László" saw action for the first time. The second study is about the fierce tank battle of Komárom, fought between the 6-22 January 1945. This was an integral part of the Battle for Budapest, parallel in time with Operation "Konrad". The third part of the book describes the combat during the German Operation "Südwind" in February 1945 and the Soviet attack launched in the direction of Bratislava in March 1945. The author, chief of Hungary's military archives, has based his research firmly on files and documentation from German, Hungarian and Soviet sources. The book's authoritative text is supported by photographs and color battle maps. This is a very important new study that throws much-needed light on armored warfare on the Eastern Front during the final months of the war.
To take the town they had to cross the Odon and Orne rivers. Resistance on the
first day was stronger than anticipated and Second Army failed to reach the Odon
, but Montgomery signalled Eisenhower: 'I will continue battling until one of us ...
Author: Terry Brighton
Publisher: Penguin UK
In the Second World War, Great Britain, the United States and Germany each produced one land force commander who stood out from the rest: Bernard Montgomery, George Patton and Erwin Rommel. These three armour-plated egos were the greatest generals of the war, and theirs was a very personal contest: the clash of mighty armies perceived as a bout between three men. All three were arrogant and flawed, yet with a genius for the command of men and an unrivalled enthusiasm for combat. All had spectacular success on the battlefield. But their explosive relationships with each other and with their political masters rivalled the pyrotechnics of their tank battles in determining the conduct and outcome of the war. Masters of Battle presents the Second World War as it was experienced by its three most flamboyant, controversial and influential commanders.
Generalfeldmarschall von Rundstedt as well as Rommel had been summoned
back to the Berghof on 28 June, at the height of the battle for the Odon crossing.
Rundstedt 'returned in a vile humour', according to his chief of staff. Having driven
Author: Antony Beevor
The little-known drama of the last-minute decision to launch the invasion of Normandy—excerpted from the internationally bestselling D-Day: The Battle for Normandy In D-Day: The Decision to Launch, excerpted from Antony Beevor’s bestselling book D-Day: The Battle for Normandy, readers get the little-known story of how the difficult decision was made to launch the Allied invasion of France on June 6, 1944. The stakes could not have been higher: if Operation Overlord were to fail, it would be a crushing blow to the Allies, a huge loss of both men and equipment. The decision of when to launch rested with supreme commander General Dwight D. Eisenhower, but it hinged on one factor: the weather. If there was too much cloud cover, the Allied bombers wouldn’t be able to provide air support, and if the seas were too rough, the landing craft would be swamped. It fell to one man to predict the weather: Dr. James Stagg, the head of the meteorological team at Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force. This riveting selection from D-Day, praised by Time as “a vibrant work of history that honors the sacrifice of tens of thousands of men and women,” tells the fascinating inside story of one of the most important decisions of World War II.
Author: Major General John StrawsonPublish On: 2013-07-11
When the battle of the Odon removed any chance the Germans might have had
to split the Allied invasion force by striking atBayeux, von Rundstedt warned OKW
that the battle for Normandy was lost. Keitel3 was in despair. 'What shall we do?
Author: Major General John Strawson
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Could Napoleon have won the battle of Waterloo? And what would have happened if he had? Or suppose Nelson had not destroyed the French fleet at Aboukir, would Napoleon have conquered India and become Emperor of the East? What if Hitler had not halted his panzer forces before Dunkirk and had entrapped the entire British Expeditionary Force? How would Churchill have then denied the Wehrmacht? If by chance Hitler had been assassinated in 1944 and the German General Staff taken control, would there have been a totally different kind of surrender? In examining these and other contingencies, Major General Strawson brings his experience of command in war and his skill as a military historian to present us with an enthralling catalogue of chance and speculation, while emphasising how profoundly the character of commanders influenced events and how events affected their character.
Author: Compiled from official recordsPublish On: 2012-03-29
ODON 25th June to 2nd July 1944 The following formations took part in this Battle. I Corps: 8th Brigade (3rd Division) VIII Corps: 15th Division, 43rd Division,
11th Armoured Division, 4th Armoured Brigade, 31st Tank Brigade, 32nd Guards
Author: Compiled from official records
Publisher: Andrews UK Limited
In February 1925 the War Office published an Army Order listing the battle honours awarded for the Great War, and although this was announced as the final list there were subsequent revisions and minor amendments. No such list was published after WWII but an (unofficial?) Record was published in 1958 by the War Office, with a limited distribution, which included the Korean War battle honours, and this is that list with 651 actions. This Record covers only British, including British Gurkha, Regiments and Colonial Regiments. In most cases there is a brief summary of the operations with an indication of the troops involved and these include Commonwealth troops though the question of their Battle Honours is one for the Commonwealth Government concerned and the Sovereign. There were a good many errors in the list, typographical, grammatical, misspelling of place names, dates and order of battle. In some cases there was confusion between those battle honours which were selected to be carried on the Colours and those which were simply awarded. Strange new regiments appeared:- Highlanders Light Infantry (a persistent favourite), King’s Own Yeomanry Light Infantry, the K.A.R.R.R.C, London Irish Fusiliers, London Irish Buffs, Queen’s Own Nigeria Regiment (an unauthorised ‘Queen’s Own’), and the Royal West King Regiment, to name some of them. Place names also caused some trouble and in some of the brief descriptions of the engagements or actions there were order of battle mistakes such as the confusion between the 12th Frontier Force Regiment and 13th Frontier Force Rifles, two different regiments of the old Indian Army. The index contained scores of place names that had nothing to do with anything, this has been pruned drastically so that it contains only those places for which a battle honour was awarded. Every effort has been made to eliminate errors and present a corrected version and a number of sources was used the most important of which was H.C.B.Cook’s The Battle Honours of the British and Indian Armies 1662-1982, a magnificent piece of work. Other valuable works included: Orders of BattleSecond World War 1939-1945 H.F.Joslen; Commonwealth Divisions 1939-1945 Malcolm A.Bellis; A Register of the Regiments and Corps of the British Army Arthur Swinson; Regiments and Corps of the British Army Ian S.Hallows and Handbook of British Regiments Christopher Chant.
Landing on 21 June, by which time the allies were well established but being
held up by German forces, we were to be quickly in action in the battle for the Odon River and the capture of Caen. The losses were hellish. After Caen, we
Author: Martin W. Bowman
Publisher: Pen and Sword
This is the final volume of a comprehensive five part work, including a multitude of personal accounts of every aspect of the aerial operations on 'Gold' 'Juno and 'Sword' beaches during D-Day. It relays the sense of relief experienced as Allied troops gained a foothold on the continent of Europe after D-Day, both by the men caught up in the proceedings and the jubilant civilians on the home front. By the end of June 875,000 men had landed in Normandy; 16 divisions each for the American and British armies. Although the Allies were well established on the coast and possessed all the Cotentin Peninsular, the Americans had still not taken St Lo, nor the British and Canadians the town of Caen, originally a target for D-Day. German resistance, particularly around Caen was ferocious, but the end result would be similar to the Tunisian campaign. More and more well-trained German troops were thrown into the battle, so that when the Allies did break out of Normandy, the defenders lost heavily and lacked the men to stop the Allied forces from almost reaching the borders of Germany. In continuing style, Bowman pays respect to the men who fought in the skies above France on D-Day. This episode of Aviation history has never before been the focus of such detailed analysis; the five volumes of this series act as a memorial to the individuals who played their own individual parts in the wider proceedings. Far from being a mere operational record, this is the story of the men behind the headlines, the reality behind the iconic images of parachute drops and glider formations.
Author: Stephen George Peregrine WardPublish On: 1963
The Battle of the Odon : the Defence of Rauray , 29th June - 2nd July The 49th
Division was to have landed after the 7th Armoured Division on the fourth day as
the third division of the XXX Corps , and to have been ready for action as a ...
Author: Great Britain. Army. Royal Scots Fusiliers Regiment. 6th (Pioneer) Battalion, 1939-1946Publish On: 1978
It had taken part in the first battle of the Odon and had won its spurs . As part of
15th ( Scottish ) Division it had advanced deep into enemy territory and helped to
hold the ground gained against fierce tank and infantry attacks . In carrying out ...
Author: Great Britain. Army. Royal Scots Fusiliers Regiment. 6th (Pioneer) Battalion, 1939-1946
There was more. The ransoms for men-at-arms captured at the Battle of Sorgue
were to be apportioned between the Red Count of Savoy, Count Odon de Villars-
Thoire, and the dukes of Berry and Burgundy. All those men had contributed to ...
Author: Nina Ansley
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
A page-turner of colorful intrigue, passion and honor as one mans life interweaves through one of the most interesting times in European history. Compelling, dynamic, action-fi lled story with gorgeous scenes, suspenseful episodes! Certain poignant aspects of the plot-line still haunt me after the read. Pamela Jaye Smith, internationally known story consultant to the Hollywood film industry.
FIGHT FOR HILL I 12 317 boiling by a limited action to hold the enemy armour in
the east and to round off the ground won in the Epsom battle and by the capture
of Carpiquet airfield and Caen city. The bridgehead south of the Odon was to be
Author: Lionel Frederic Ellis
Category: World War, 1939-1945
Two volume British record of the victorious Allied campaign in North-West Europe during World War II.
When the battle of the Odon removed any chance the Germans might have had
to split the Allied forces by striking to Bayeux and von Rundstedt warned OKW
that the battle for Normandy was lost , Keitel was in despair . ' What shall we do ?
Author: John Strawson
Publisher: New York : Scribner
Category: World War, 1939-1945
[The author] has drawn together from accounts of those who served Hitler on his staff and as field commanders and from documentary sources a vividly set forth assessment of the Nazi leader as controller of what was for a while the world's most powerful war machine. -- Taken from dust jacket.
This is the story of the 43rd Division from its arrival in France during Operation Overlord in June 1944 through to the end of the war with Germany. It relates how the division fought, and where, and is illustrated with 21 maps.
This is the story of the 43rd Division from its arrival in France during Operation Overlord in June 1944 through to the end of the war with Germany. It relates how the division fought, and where, and is illustrated with 21 maps. The division was engaged on the River Odon, and at Hill 112, then in the Seine crossing, the attempted relief at Arnhem, at Groesbeek, in Operation Blackcock and the advance to Goch and Xanten. It also took part in the Battle of the Rhineland and in Operations Plunder and Varsity and made its final move to capture Bremen in 1945. A very readable, and an important, Divisional History.
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