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List of Maps xi List of Plates xii Acknowledgments xv Introduction xvii Senior Dramatis Personae xix Prologue xxi I Origins 1 II Formation 13 III The Machines of War 24 IV Organisation-and Tactics 29 V The Setting 38 VI 6th June - D-Day 52 VII 7th June - First Clash 63 VIII 8th to 10th June - The Bridgehead Battles 72 IX 11th June - Impasse 86 X War Crimes 92 XI 12th to 14th June - Operation PERCH and the Battle of Villers-Bocage 96 12th June - Prelude 96 13th to 14th June - The Battle 102 Post Mortem 107 XII 14th to 24th June - Lull Before the Storm 113 XIII 25th to 1st July - Operation EPSOM and the Battle of the Odon 117 25th June 118 26th June 123 27th June 128 28th June 132 29th June 137 30th June-lst July 139 XIV 2nd to 3rd July - Departures and Arrivals 143 XV 4th July - Operation WINDSOR - the Battle for Carpiquet 145 XVI 7th to 11th July - Operation CHARNWOOD and the Battle for Caen 150 7th July - The Bombing 150 8th July - The Attack 153 9th July - The Withdrawal 155 XVII 10th to 11th July - Operation JUPITER and the Battle for Hill 112 160 XVIII 12th to 17th July - R & R 165 XIX 18th to 21st July - Operation GOODWOOD and the Battle for the Bourgu6bus Ridge 168 18th July - The Armoured Corridor 174 19th July - Side by Side 181 20th to 21st July - A Bad Deal 184 Postscript 188 XX 25th July - Operation SPRING and the Battle of the Plain 190 XXI 26th July to 5th August - The Battle for Tilly 197 XXII 6th to 9th August - Another Orne Bridgehead 204 XXIII 6th to 10th August - The Mortain Counter-Attack 206 Background and Operation COBRA 206 6th August 210 7th August - Operation LUTTICH 212 8th August - Stalemate 221 9th August - 'The Attack is to be Continued' 222 10th August - Status Quo 223 XXIV 8th to 11th August - Operation TOTALIZE and the First Battle of Falaise 227 8th August - 'An even blacker day for the German Army' 227 9th August - 'High ground was sighted' 238 10th to 11th August - 'A few can hold against many here' 243 The End of an Ace 246 XXV 11th to 18th August - The Second Battle of Falaise 248 S11th to 13th August - 'Reconnaissance in Force' 249 14th August - Operation TRACTABLE and the Battle of the Laison 250 15th August - The Battle for Hill 159 253 16th to 18th August - The Fall of Falaise 256 XXVI 11th to 18th August - The Leibstandarte Withdraws 262 XXVII 18th to 25th August - The Last Battle of Normandy 265 18th to 19th August - The Falaise Pocket 265 20th to 22nd August - Breakout 275 23rd to 25th August - Postscript 282 Epilogue 284 Appendix I 1st SS Panzer Division LAH 1st July 1944 288 Appendix II 1st SS Panzer Regiment and 1st SS Recce Bn 1st July 1944 289 Appendix III 1st and 2nd SS Panzer-Grenadier Regiments 1st July 1944 290 Appendix IV 12th SS Panzer Division HJ 6th June 1944 291 Appendix V 12th SS Panzer Regiment and 12th SS Recce Bn 6th June 1944 292 Appendix VI 25th and 26th SS Panzer-Grenadier Regiments 6th June 1944 293 Appendix VII US Armored Division June 1944 294 Appendix VIII British/Canadian/Polish Armoured Division June 1944 295 Appendix IX US Infantry Division June 1944 296 Appendix X British/Canadian Infantry Division June 1944 297 Appendix XI German Chain of Command June 1944 298 Appendix XII Allied Chain of Command 6th June 1944 299 Appendix XIII Guide to Abbreviations and German Words 300 Bibliography 302 Index People . - American 305 - British 305 - Canadian 305 - German 305 - Polish 307 Land Forces - Allied 307 - American 307 - British 307 - Canadian 308 - French 309 - German 309 - Polish 311 Air Forces - American 311 - British/Canadian 311 - German 311 Places - 311