By Alexander McKee
Publish yr note: First released September 1964
Today it's nearly forgotten that the D-Day landings of 6 June 1944 didn't convey a unmarried, isolate victory. As this masterly booklet reminds us, that first foothold on enemy shorelines used to be received at huge, immense fee, and for 2 months afterwards a fierce conflict raged for the keep watch over of Caen.
Using the private money owed of these who took half within the scuffling with, either Allied and German, and of the French civilians stuck up within the clash, McKee brilliantly reconstructs the sour fight that ravaged Normandy in the course of the summer time of 1944 earlier than the Allied place in Europe was once ultimately secured. With anxious losses on either side, and unspeakable discomfort for the French who needed to suffer consistent giant bombardments from the air, the conflict of Caen ranks as essentially the most negative and heroic episodes of the warfare.
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The nearest vehicle, II011, served in the II Battalion's headquarters staff platoon. (The Tank Museum, 4704/B5) The war ended before the Germans could deploy at the front any completed Model F Panthers, the variant that mounted the Narrow Turret (Schmalturm) on a slightly modified Model G chassis. (The Tank Museum, 2907/F3) 13 American AFVs and overran several enemy positions; in the process however, American tank, anti-tank and bazooka fire knocked out five Model G tanks. Three of these fell in close succession at Stoumont station, their burning hulls forming an effective block to any advance further west by Peiper's forces.
Sloping lower rear hull sides (trademark of Model G Panther) 33. Road wheel rim-bolts 34. Maybach engine 35. Gunner's seat 36. Interleaved road wheels 37. Co-axial machine gun firing pedal 38. Compressor 39. Hydraulic traversing unit 40. Front sprocket wheel 41. Track 42. Headlight 43. Driver's instrument panel 44. Final drive 45. Radio racks 46. AK 2-700 gearbox 47. Track brake cooling duct 48. Lower hull front armour plate 49. 5cm KwK 42 L/70 main armament 50. Double baffle muzzle brake E: Four-view of late Model A Panther in ambush camouflage, autumn 1944 X F: Profile view of a late Model G Panther in linear splinter camouflage, Poland, autumn 1944, with inset of mantlet chin G: Three-quarter view of artist's impression of Model F Panther, Germany, mid-May 1945 This late Model G Panther sports a redesigned rear hull decking layout and large sheet-metal guards fitted around each exhaust pipe.
This early Model A, unlike later tanks of this design, still features pistol ports in the turret sides, and the TFZ 12 binocular gunner's sight. D: THREE-QUARTER VIEW CUTAWAY OF AN EARLY MODEL G PANTHER IN THREE-TONE CAMOUFLAGE, EARLY SUMMER 1944 This plate shows a cutaway of an early Model G Panther, delivered in April 1944 but seen here in early summer, with large parts of its interior components on view. The tank's exterior features the standard three-tone camouflage scheme that was increasingly superseded from August 1944 by 'ambush' designs.
Caen: Anvil of Victory by Alexander McKee