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Assault on Germany: The Battle for Geilenkirchen (David & Charles Military Book) Hardcover – March, 1990


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Product Details

  • Series: David & Charles Military Book
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles UK (March 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715392085
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715392089
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,815,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ken Ford was born in Eastleigh, Hampshire, England a long time ago. He left North End Secondary School in 1960 (I told you he was old). After three years in the Physics Department of Southampton University, he left to 'bum' his way around Europe ('bum' in this case meaning 'to drop out and live on the road'). He then became a telecommunications engineer in Southampton (to support his lovely wife Valda and daughters Amanda and Joanne) and spent 29 years at the pointed end until, in 1992, he became disillusioned with working for a living and opened a bookshop in Romsey, Hampshire. He also wrote books. He now lives in Southampton, drinks red wine (in moderation), annoys his three grandchildren Katelyn, Adam and Joseph and continues to write books (32 to date). Oh, and he also supports Southampton FC from his seat in the stands. That's about all there is to know about him.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By rednail47 on July 16, 2012
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A well researched and written book about some of the lesser known actions the 84th infantry Division was engaged in, albeit from a British point of view. The Draper division history and the Wolff 334th regimental history are both quoted and more information is provided about the engagements those units were involved in. The coordination and interplay between the British units and the American units, primarily the 84th ID and the 334th, is given a lot more space than other histories of the ETO give them. There are also pictures that I have not seen elsewhere. On a personal note, my father was in the 334th and I have an abiding interest in any thing concerning his regiments activities between September 1944 and January 1946. Like most veterans of WWII, my father rarely talked about what he did there so finding books about that era is a delight for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David G. Gould on November 29, 2011
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This book is a treat for US military readers. A whole new perspective from the typical US view. I learned of people and conditions I had not read in other histories. Great photos too. A must for those 84th infantry division historians concerning the late fall challenges.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Green on May 2, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Summary: This 193 page book describes the November, 1944, World War II battle for Geilenkirchen, a small town north of Aachen. Being on the Siegfried Line, a series of concrete bunker, the battle was hard fought since it was first penetration of German soil. The Allied Forces consisted of the 43rd Wessex Division, an experienced British unit, and the 84th Infantry Division, a first time in combat American division.

Best: Written from the regimental or brigade point of view, this small book is packed with tactical infantry combat supported by tanks and artillery. It is well written and includes numerous personal recollections by the soldiers involved. Best of all Ken Ford, a citizen of the UK, treats American and British forces with an even hand. So many authors tend to side with their own nationality. Photos, maps, and an order of battle (minus German forces) were included. The book takes the reader into the rain, cold, mud, blood, and fear of enemy artillery.

Worst: The German side of the battle is covered, but not as extensively as the Allied forces. The book focuses on the combat arms and lacks detailed analysis of support forces such as engineers, supply, signal, medical, etc.

Conclusion: A great read for anyone with connections with the 43rd or 84th Divisions. Also anyone interested in military history, tactical maneuver, stresses of combat on men. Assault of Germany, The Battle for Geilenkirchen, looks at a single battle in the larger war known as World War II. Sometimes smaller is better.
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