The D-Day landings of June 6th 1944 did not bring immediate victory, that first foothold on French soil was won at enormous cost and for the next two months a fierce battle raged for control of the key town of Caen. Using the eye-witness accounts of those who took part in the fighting, both Allied and German, and of the French civilians caught up in the conflict Alexander McKee reconstructs the struggle to secure the Allied position in Europe. With fearful losses on both sides (and among the civilians) the Battle of Caen ranks as one of the most terrible episodes of World War Two.
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Alexander McKee began his writing career with the British Forces Network in Germany during the late 1940s. During a career spanning nearly fifty years he published 25 books, mostly on aspects of military history and many are regarded as outstanding in their field. He specialised in recording the personal accounts of eye-witnesses on both sides. Caen: Anvil of Victory, The Devil's Tinderbox: Dresden 1945 and The Race for the Rhine Bridges 1940, 1944, 1945 are notable examples. Alexander McKee became internationally famous for his discovery of King Henry VIII's flagship Mary Rose for which he was awarded the OBE. His book on the subject, How We Found the Mary Rose, became a best-seller.
Caen: Anvil of Victory by Alexander McKee
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