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Gold Beach (Paperback)

Inland from King - June 1944

Military > Battlefield Guidebooks > Battlefield Guides Normandy Military > Battlefield Guidebooks > WWII Battlefield Guides WWII > Battles & Campaigns > D-Day & Normandy

By Christopher Dunphie, Garry Johnson
Imprint: Pen & Sword Battleground
Series: Battleground: WWII
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9780850526615
Published: 16th March 1999
Last Released: 11th May 2022


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The two authors, both formerly senior professional soldiers, have compiled an easy-to-follow itinerary to the British landings on 6 June 1944 on Gold Beach and the ensuing bitter fighting. Covered in detail are the actions which earned CSM Hollis of the Green Howards his VC and other inspiring battle stories.

This is a book that discusses the British landings on the 'King' sector of the GOLD BEACH, Normandy , June 6th 1944, and the subsequent push inland from it. It concentrates on the initial objectives and the taking of them, but does not go further than that. In addition to a good description of the fighting, which includes low level clashes between individual infantry groups, naming the participants, it is also a battlefield tour guide. The author has visited the site and provides information on how to find the various locations mentioned in the text. Although now several years old, I'm sure it has not altered that much since writing, because the over all locations had not altered much since 1944! For someone intending to visit the Normandy sites this book would be a valuable source of how to find the smaller actions that are not marked on the tourist maps. Its general description is also very good and gives the reader a particularly good view of how things went and events unfolded.

Malcolm Wright, Australian Maritime Artist & Author
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