The only two divisions in the German Army that bore Hitler's name formed his I SS Panzer Corps. This is the story of their participation in the Battle of Normandy. Michael Reynolds has meticulously researched the battles between these young Waffen-SS soldiers and their Allied adversaries. He brings a new balance to the overall picture and uniquely qualifies 'the enemy' in each action, dissecting the British disasters at Villers-Bocage and in Operation GOODWOOD, describing the desperate effort of the Americans to stem the German counter-attack at Mortain and detailing the costly advances of the Canadians and Poles as they moved to trap the Germans. Major General Reynolds lays forever to rest the myth that these two remarkable Waffen-SS divisions were annihilated in Normandy, and concludes that we may not see their like again.
Sandhurst-trained Major General Michael Reynolds CB retired from the British Army in 1986 after a distinguished military career during which he commanded at every level from infantry platoon in the Korean War to international Division. He is one of a rare group of men who have commanded American, British, Canadian and German soldiers. He lives in East Sussex.