Twenty-one Days in Normandy (Kindle)
Maj. Gen George Kitching and the 4th Canadian Armoured Division
The Canadian 4th armoured division crossed the Channel in July 1944 to reinforce the invading forces and assist in the Allied attempts to breakout of the Normandy beachhead around. They were heavily engaged in Operation Totalize and Operation Tractable but have been criticized for their failure to close the ‘Falaise gap’ and complete the entrapment of withdrawing German forces. Their commander, Major General George Kitching, was relieved of his command after just 21 days in action.
Angelo Caravaggio re-examines the division’s performance and particularly that of its leadership. Using new information, he establishes that, despite entering battle for the first time during one of the most challenging phases of Allied operations in August 1944, the 4th Armoured Division, under Kitching’s leadership proved resilient and adaptive in overcoming the volatile and unpredictable nature of warfare in Normandy. The combat operations of August 1944 transformed the division into a battle-hardened combat formation that would later distinguish itself through its ability to generate a sustained drive across France out of the chaos and destruction of the Normandy battles.
The author uses new information to demonstrate the unit did show flexibility and adapted to the battlefield quickly, despite being thrown into battle during one of the Norman Campaign's critical phases. His arguments are detailed and based upon in-depth research, and the book has many detailed maps to help the reader follow the action.WWII History magazine, December 2017 - reviewed by Christopher Miskimon
I recommend that the reader perseveres with this book. You may or may not agree with the conclusions but a passionate case is made and this contributes to the literature on Normandy.Society of Friends of the National Army Museum
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Angelo Caravaggio book, with maps and photographs, is a detailed account of the controversial failure to close the Falaise Gap which led to Major General Kitching being relieved of his command.Richard Gough - Military Author and historian
21 Days in Normandy could appeal to the harder core military history enthusiasts who appreciate detailed acronyms, comprehensive explanations of commanders' duties, extensive tables of order and equipment, copies of actual orders and information of similar ilk...A Wargamers Needful Things
To all of whom this appeals, I think you will tremendously enjoy this book!
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A carefully researched review of the 21 days from landing for theFiretrench
Canadian 4th Division. The author has presented the facts and
offered logical conclusions, righting some of the injustices done
to the Canadians. An absorbing account and very much recommended.
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