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 Hastings' Das Reich is a powerful account of their progress and a true military classic.
Sir Max Hastings, author of numerous books including Armageddon, Going to the Wars, and Das Reich, was editor of the Daily Telegraph for almost a decade, then for six years he edited the Evening Standard. In his youth he was a foreign correspondent for newspapers and BBC television. He has won many awards for his books and journalism, particularly his work in the South Atlantic in 1982. He was knighted in 2002 for services to journalism.
Section - i: List of Illustrations Section - ii: Foreward Section - iii: Prologue: London and France, 5/6 June 1944 Chapter - 1: 2nd SS Panzer Division: Montauben, Tarn-et-Garonne, May 1944 Chapter - 2: SOE: Baker Street Chapter - 3: SOE: Southern France Chapter - 4: The Road Chapter - 5: Tulle: The 'Liberation' Chapter - 6: Tulle: The Price Chapter - 7: The Jeds Chapter - 8: 'Panzer divisions are too good for this...' Chapter - 9: '...a rapid and lasting clean up...': Oradour Chapter - 10: Excess of Zeal Chapter - 11: The SAS: Bulbasket Chapter - 12: Normandy Chapter - 13: Afterwards Section - iv: Appendix A: 2nd Panzer Division's memorandum on anti-guerilla operations, issued on 9 June 1944 Section - v: Appendix B: Principal Weapons of the maquis and the 2nd Panzer Division Section - vi: Bibliography and a Note on Sources Acknowledgements - vii: Acknowledgements Section - viii: Glossary Section - ix: Notes and References Index - x: Index