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Assault Crossing : The River Seine 1944
The assault crossing of the River Seine by the British 43rd (Wessex) Division in August 1944 remains one of the most important operations of the closing stages of the Second World War. Once the obstacle of the great river had been overcome, General Horrocks unleashed the armour of XXX Corps on their historic dash across northern France and Belgium.Assault Crossing - Ken Ford's classic account of this critical battle - is the story of one British division pitted against one German division. On one side, a fully equipped, battle-hardened unit made up of soldiers from the ancient Kingdom of Wessex, backed by some of the best artillery in the world and supported by tanks. On the other side, a much-depleted, second-rate, static division of men of various nationalities conscripted to fight a war for Germany that was already lost. On paper the British were assured of success, but between the two opposing armies lay the Seine - 680 feet of open water, overlooked by high chalk cliffs riddle with defensive strongpoints.
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Casemate Publishers & Book Distributors, LLC
January 19, 2012
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