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Das Reich

Within days of the D-Day landings, the Das Reich 2nd SS Panzer Division marched north through France to reinforce the front-line defenders of Hitler's Fortress Europe. Veterans of the bloodiest fighting of the Russian Front, 15,000 men with their tanks and artillery, they were hounded for every mile of their march by saboteurs of the Resistance and agents of the Allied Special Forces. Along their route they took reprisals so savage they will live for ever in the chronicles of the most appalling atrocities of war. Max Hasting's powerful account of their progress is a true military classic.
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Table of Contents

Section - i: List of IllustrationsSection - ii: ForewardSection - iii: Prologue: London and France, 5/6 June 1944Chapter - 1: 2nd SS Panzer Division: Montauben, Tarn-et-Garonne, May 1944Chapter - 2: SOE: Baker StreetChapter - 3: SOE: Southern FranceChapter - 4: The RoadChapter - 5: Tulle: The 'Liberation'Chapter - 6: Tulle: The PriceChapter - 7: The JedsChapter - 8: 'Panzer divisions are too good for this...'Chapter - 9: '...a rapid and lasting clean up...': OradourChapter - 10: Excess of ZealChapter - 11: The SAS: BulbasketChapter - 12: NormandyChapter - 13: AfterwardsSection - iv: Appendix A: 2nd Panzer Division's memorandum on anti-guerilla operations, issued on 9 June 1944Section - v: Appendix B: Principal Weapons of the maquis and the 2nd Panzer DivisionSection - vi: Bibliography and a Note on SourcesAcknowledgements - vii: AcknowledgementsSection - viii: GlossarySection - ix: Notes and ReferencesIndex - x: Index

About the Author

Max Hastings, author of 20 books, was editor of the Daily Telegraph for almost a decade, and then for six years edited the Evening Standard in London. In his youth he was foreign correspondent for newspapers and BBC television. He has won many awards for his journalism, particularly his work in the South Atlantic in 1982. He was knighted in 2002.

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