Tilly-Sur-Seulles 1944 by Stéphane Jacquet

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Tilly-Sur-Seulles 1944 by Stéphane Jacquet

Post by Cult Icon » 17 Mar 2021 14:11

Is the 2nd edition (2019) of this book in English and French?

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Re: Tilly-Sur-Seulles 1944 by Stéphane Jacquet

Post by Cult Icon » 31 Mar 2021 22:27

I received a copy today and can confirm that it is dual language.

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Re: Tilly-Sur-Seulles 1944 by Stéphane Jacquet

Post by Cult Icon » 08 Aug 2021 07:19

The book is related to a small musuem in Tilly-Su-seulles although the book itself is not chiefly concerned with the 23 exchanges for the village, mainly dealing with the units of British 50th division, 7th Armoured divisions vs Pz Lehr division with periferal action of elements of the British 49th division and 12 SS division.

It is not comprehensive of the fighting there but rather has detailed accounts, a lot from British unit histories and personal accounts (British, German, and French civilian) pertaining to various villages and geographical features that were hotly contested. A few German counterattacks are covered, while most of the military coverage focuses on British limited offensives.

This book is outstanding and a unique military history book in its approach. It is a tour de force in how it blends the civilian with the military leading to a richer understanding of the battles, civilian consequences, and loss of history due to the destruction of these villages with a lot of good photography and informative captions. There is a lot of detail about the villages, both itself history prior and during June 1944 that informs the reader past the military, and into the area of great tragedy and loss. In a way this book serves as a microcosm of what happened in WW2 to the civilians caught up in the battlezone.

It would be interesting to see other historians adopt this structure rather than focusing strictly on the military.

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