Bloody Verrières By Arthur W. Gullachsen
- Narrated by: Bruce Mann
- Series: Bloody Verrières, Book 2
- Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
- Release date: 02-21-23
Bloody Verrières By Arthur W. Gullachsen AudioBook Summary
South of the Norman city of Caen, Verrieres Ridge was seen a key stepping-stone for the British Second Army if it was to break out of the Normandy bridgehead in late July 1944. Imposing in height and containing perfect terrain for armored operations, the Germans viewed it as the lynchpin to their defenses south of the city of Caen and east of the Orne river.
Following the failure of British Operation Goodwood on 18-20 July and the containment of the Canadian Operation Atlantic, further Allied attacks to seize the ridge would have to defeat arguably the strongest German armored formation in Normandy: The I. SS-Panzerkorps “Leibstandarte.” The fighting of 23 July-3 August is chronicled in detail, specifically the premier Anglo-Canadian operation to capture Verrieres Ridge, Operation Spring on 25 July. Designed as an attack to seize the ridge and exploit south with armor, this battle saw the 2nd Canadian Corps attack savaged again by German armored reserves brought in specifically to defeat another Goodwood.