The Flawed Victory
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The destruction of the trapped German forces in the Falaise pocket in August 1944 is one of the most famous episodes of the Normandy campaign. But myths have grown up around accounts of the battle, and its impact on the course of the war is sometimes misunderstood. In this meticulously researched and perceptive study Anthony Tucker-Jones dispels misconceptions about the battle, describes the combat in graphic detail and reassesses the outcome in the context of the campaign to liberate Europe.
He takes a broad view of the sequence of operations that culminated in the battle at Falaise, tracing the course of the campaign mainly from the panzers’ viewpoint. For two bloody months the panzers held the Allies at bay following the D-Day landings, but then they were blocked in at Falaise and the area became a killing ground. Some liken the event to Hitler's defeat at Stalingrad, while others argue the victory was flawed because so many German troops escaped..
Anthony Tucker-Jones has delivered an authoritative work on the Normandy campaign from a German perspective, not in a chronological order, but by events surrounding individual Wehrmacht or Waffen-SS units until the end of the war. ... He has provided an interesting and thoughtful counter-point to the ‘victors’ history of the Normandy campaign and ranks equal in place and importance to Max Hasting’s “Overlord: D-Day and the Battle for Normandy”.Julian Hoseason, Editor Polandinexile.com
‘This is a well-researched and well written account of one of the biggest blunders by Allied ground forces in Western Europe. The failure of both Montgomery and Bradley in moving aggressively to close the Falaise Gap, and Eisenhower’s uncharacteristic passivity, allowed over 60,000 German troops to escape. We would meet them later in the Battle of the Bulge.’Charles McCain
This work is delivered in a lively and engaging style, and this makes it a pleasure to read. It presents a large amount of direct quotation from veterans, commanders and previous historians.The Journal of Military History
Remaining German Troops in Falaise Pocket Surrender
21st August 1944
The destruction of the trapped German forces in the Falaise pocket in August 1944 is one of the most famous episodes of the Normandy campaign. Some liken the event to Hitler's defeat at Stalingrad, while others argue the victory was flawed because so many German troops escaped.