Does anyone own the reprint of The Story of 79 Armoured Division?

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  1. Seroster

    Seroster Canadian researcher

    Just learned about the division-published "The Story of 79 Armoured Division" 1945 which was printed in Hamburg (!) in hessian cloth with fold out maps.

    Someone's commentary on the original book, which really sounds remarkable: The Story of 79th Armoured Division | Richard D North

    In 2015 Naval & Military Press issued a reprint in paperback. (And Miriam Press has made it available in PDF form, for those of you with e-readers) (For $2, apparently!?!?)

    I am wondering if anyone has a copy of this reprint - are the maps fold out? I'm guessing not. On the other hand, it may contain photographs that the original did not. I can't find any reviews of the reprint online.
  2. Deacs

    Deacs Well i am from Cumbria. Patron

    Sorry Chris I can't help you with your request but you have tempted me to buy the book cheers.

    Regards Mike.
  3. Seroster

    Seroster Canadian researcher

    Hi Mike,

    With no immediate answers I have placed an order through abebooks for one of the original hardcovers! I will have to go on a "book diet" for a while now.

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  4. Aixman

    Aixman WE addict Patron

    I have got a reprint from 2005 via MLRS. There are several maps, but none is folding out, so that I suppose they made the maps fit into the book's size (17 x 23 cm). There is indeed one folding out page, but for photos.
    Enjoy as I did. :)
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  5. Deacs

    Deacs Well i am from Cumbria. Patron

    Ordered book Monday night book arrived today wow that is some service.

    The book is in excellent condition for it's age well pleased. The only draw back is the wife has taken it off me and is going to keep it till it's my birthday that wouldn't be a bad thing but my birthday isn't till Xmas haaaa !!!!! :banghead:

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  6. Seroster

    Seroster Canadian researcher

    Oooh that's cruel!
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  7. Deacs

    Deacs Well i am from Cumbria. Patron

    It definitely is Chris I had a quick look through it and it looks a real good read.
  8. Seroster

    Seroster Canadian researcher

    Well, I got my copy today and this is a really neat book.

    It's not a large hardcover - smaller than your standard "trade paperback" that so many history books are now, although it is fairly thick. It has about 40 maps and a lot of photos, albeit perhaps not the highest quality. Many of the maps are foldout sheets - one page will have two or three additional panels which fold out. They vary from rather sketch-like to a 1:25,000 map of Caen with intelligence-related markings. Some of the maps have a few colours even if they're not highly detailed. It seems to have a map for each beach area that 79th Division was at.

    The book has little labels added which read: "RESTRICTED The information given in this document is not to be communicated, either directly or indirectly, with the Press or to any person not authorized to receive it". And there is also a author's note which reads "Readers will realize that because this book has been produced in a hurry, some actions may have been omitted. This was not from choice; speed of production was essential as the disbandment of the Division had already begun."
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  9. Deacs

    Deacs Well i am from Cumbria. Patron

    Finally got round to read this brilliant book well worth the money I paid.
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