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Juno Beach (Paperback)

Canadian 3rd Infantry Division

WWII D-Day & Normandy WWII Battlefield Guides Battlefield Guidebooks Battlefield Guides Normandy

By Tim Saunders
Imprint: Battleground
Series: Battleground Books: WWII
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9781844150281
Published: 22nd July 2003
Last Released: 5th April 2017

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By June 1944, Juno Beach was a key part of Hitler's vaunted Atlantic Wall, with no less than four major strong points along its length. German pillboxes were sited to sweep the beaches with machine gun fire and were surrounded by belts of barbed wire and mines. Leading the attack were the 3rd Canadian Division, supported by the specialist assault tanks of the 79th Armoured Division (Hobart's 'Funnies'). Despite careful planning, poor D-Day weather led to a piecemeal landing and heroic individual battles in the streets of the seaside towns.

Another superb addition to the Battleground Europe series, primarily focusing on the landing of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division on Juno Beach, the difficult and costly fighting to secure their initial objectives, and the advance inland. The first chapters also describe their training, the assault plan, and the formidable Atlantic Wall defences they faced, while later ones touch on the related activities of the 79th Armoured Division as well as the Commandos of the 4th Special Service Brigade, and their protracted battle around the Douvres radar station. As with all books in this series, the concise narrative succeeds in packing a considerable amount of detail into a relatively small space, and it is generously supported with photographs, maps, and veterans accounts. Though intended as a battlefield guide, with the final chapter highlighting numerous places of interest across the Juno area, it is also a very worthy historical study in its own right.

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About Tim Saunders

TIM SAUNDERS served as an infantry officer with the British Army for thirty years, during which time he took the opportunity to visit campaigns far and wide, from ancient to modern. Since leaving the Army he has become a full time military historian, with this being his sixteenth book, and has made nearly fifty full documentary films with Battlefield History and Pen & Sword. He is an active guide and accredited member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides.

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