Fontenay – Rauray: The Bear and Fox, Ready for the Fray.
Fontenay – Rauray: The Bear and Fox, Ready for the Fray is the ultimate study of the British 8th Armoured Brigade and 49th Infantry Division. The book focuses on engagements at Audrieu – Fontenay-le-Pesnel – Rauray between 13 June and 1 July 1944. After more than 12 years of researching war diaries, documents and multiple personal accounts, the author has been able to retrace an accurate day-to-day chronology of the battle, sometimes by the hour, particularly those of Operations ‘Dauntless’ and ‘Martlet’. The British breach, accomplished on 25 June in Fontenay-le-Pesnel, at the link between the Panzer-Lehr-Division and 12.SS-Panzer-Division ‘Hitlerjugend’, guaranteed the right-flank, ensuring a decisive breakthrough for Operation ‘Epsom’. For several days, the Germans unsuccessfully attempted to prevent this section of the front from collapsing by launching new units on Rauray and Cheux (2.Panzer-Division, s.SS.Pz.Abt.101, Kampfgruppe Weidinger, 9.SS-Panzer-Division ‘Hohenstaufen’). With supporting evidence, it has taken the author’s expertise to restore the historical truth which was until quite recently incorrect, i.e. the alleged absence of Tiger heavy tanks of the s.SS-Pz.Abt.101 in Fontenay-le-Pesnel.
The book includes over 1,000 accurately captioned photographs (portraits, wartime maps and battlefield relics), most of which are unpublished.
Please note that this book is written in French
Author: Frederick Jeanne
Photos & docs: 1,000+
Physical: Hardcover, 305x216mm, portrait