https://www.canadianmilitaryhistory.ca/ ... t-2012.pdf
This essay is included in the Milner's Canadian revisionist book, which has the most negative and contemptuous portrayal of the 12 SS. The introduction of "Stopping the Panzers: The untold story of D-day" and later comments in the book is helpful as it reveals certain motives : 1. bitterness over the way Canada has been portrayed in British history 2. dislike for the 12SS and the popular admiration for the German forces 3. Family associations- father was a veteran of 3rd division.t is virtually an article of faith in the Normandy campaign literature that
the vanguard of the 9th Canadian Infantry Brigade (hereafter 9 Brigade)
was ambushed and defeated by 12 SS Hitler Youth Panzer Division on D+1.
These young Nazi fanatics, led by battle-hardened Eastern Front veterans,
took the naïve Canadians by surprise, denied them their ultimate objective
and sent them packing.1
For many historians, the defeat of 9 Brigade is also
evidence of the flawed nature of Allied leadership and combat capability, and
yet more proof of the superior fighting skill of German forces.2
have proven powerfully enduring.
Ironically, the Canadian Army’s own official history is largely to blame
for the very negative interpretation of 9 Brigade’s battle on 7 June. Charles
Stacey’s The Victory Campaign devoted seven pages to the battle: four and a
half setting it up, and most of two analyzing why the brigade “had been caught
off balance and defeated in detail.”3
In Stacey’s view, the brigade fought with
“courage and spirit, but somewhat clumsily” against “an unusually efficient
German force of about its own strength, it had come off second best.” The
result was a “severe local reverse” that—in words that damned all Canadian
efforts in the days after D-Day—“helped to ensure that Caen remained in
IIRC he also questions the casualty report of the 12SS after the early village fights, claiming that it is understated. Major General Reynolds , who has an admiration of the SS, claims the opposite (Steel Inferno: I SS Panzer Corps in Normandy) nearly at the end of the campaign- that the casualty records around this time were vastly overreported by Eberbach by a factor of 3,000 in order to obtain reinforcements. Somehow if Milner's book continued into August I would expect no existence of such a comment
Having seen multiple accounts of Authie from German and Canadian sides this is one I have seen that portrays June 7th in this fashion. The recent two 12 SS books (Saunders and Mansolas) continues with the traditional narrative. I will re-read SS Panzer regiment 12 and the Milner book after some time but all the personal accounts, British-Canadian and 12 SS I have read point out to a bad day for allied armor.