Whilst in UK to visit my ailing father last week, amongst other things he insisted we go shopping.
In Waterstones I picked up 'Tigers In Normandy' by Wolfgang Schneider (Pen and Sword, c.2011). I am already familiar with the author having his excellent c.2000 book 'Panzer Tactics' (Stackpole) so was expecting something good.
I wasn't disappointed. Schneider writes with the dispassionate air of obvious solid background research, again dispelling various myths such as those of Wittmann at Villers-Bocage (13 tank kills is not the mythical '25') whilst still admitting he was a tank leader of much skill and bravery (he did after all destroy at least an astonishing 37 vehicles on the day), correctly identifying his tank on the approach to the battle area as '205' and at Villers-Bocage as Sowa's '222'. Then he goes on the plot all the other British tank operations in Normandy (Bluecoat, Epsom, Goodwood, etc) and the various Tiger battalions' response in each case.
Meanwhile he gives us a modern perspective on the campaign from the latest information. Maps, charts and losses from both sides are all plotted. The only thing a bit disappointing is the print quality of the photographs (Something shared by 'Panzer Tactics'). But most Tiger fans will have them already, or can pick most of these up from forum sites like this or existing books on the subject.
All in all, a must-have for anyone who has even the slightest interest in Normandy or the Tiger tanks.