The Black Devils March : A Doomed Odyssey : the 1st Polish Armoured Division 1939-1945

The Black Devils March : A Doomed Odyssey : the 1st Polish Armoured Division 1939-1945

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 153 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9781874622420
  • DDC分類 940.5412438

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The Black Devils March is an account of how the 1st (and only) Polish Armoured Division in the West under the leadership of General Stanislaw Maczek, arose out of the ashes of defeat and while attempting to avoid the internal politics of the Polish Government in Exile, was able to return to Europe in August 1944 on the side of the Western Allies. In Europe the Division achieved glory, honour and victory but was unable to liberate Poland owing to the politics of the post-war settlement in Europe. The account of the formation and combat service of the Division is fully researched from Polish, English and German sources, and includes training in Scotland, the unit's sharp introduction to warfare in the Normandy bocage, the Falaise Gap and Hill 262, the advance into Belgium and Holland, and final victory on German soil. The text is supported by nearly 100 photographs (many previously unpublished), maps, and detailed appendices, including a list of the Division's medal recipients. In addition, there are four pages of outstanding colour profiles showing the camouflage and markings of the unit's tanks and other vehicles.

Table of Contents

Preface                                            vi
Origins 1 (5)
From Scotland to Normandy 6 (6)
The Lessons of War (8--13 August 1944) 12 (16)
On to Falaise 28 (13)
Maczuga -- Hill 262 41 (14)
After Normandy 55 (3)
The Chase -- Northern France 58 (14)
On to Belgium 72 (9)
The Dutch Campaign 81 (19)
The Final Round -- Victory? 100(16)
Appendix I: Order of Battle, Polish 1st 116(1)
Armoured Division, August 1944
Appendix II: Medal Recipients 117(31)
Notes 148(4)
Bibliography 152