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The Polar Bears From Normandy to the Relief of Holland with the 49th Division by Patrick Delaforce

The Polar Bears From Normandy to the Relief of Holland with the 49th Division

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The Polar Bears From Normandy to the Relief of Holland with the 49th Division by Patrick Delaforce

With its roots in the West Riding of Yorkshire, the 49th Infantry Division was originally a territorial unit formed in 1907 which fought with distinction throughout World War I earning three VCs. During 1940-42 it fought in the ill-fated campaign in Normandy, garrisoned Iceland for two years and earned itself the title of the Polar Bears. In the north west Europe campaign of 1944-45 it acted as Monty's left flank and suffered 11,000 casualties in 11 months. After the battle for Normandy, the Polar Bears took a major role in the capture of Le Havre, campaigned vigorously in Belgium, helped to take Arnhem and then liberated Utrech and Hilversum. In the last weeks of the war, the Polar Bears brought food supplies into starving Holland. This is an illustrated account of their exploits, based on first hand accounts of the men who actually fought with the Polar Bears.

About the Author

Patrick Delaforce is an established military history author, and his other publications include The Fighting Wessex Wyverns and Churchill's Desert Rats, both in this series.

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Publication date

16th January 2003


Patrick Delaforce

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Sutton Publishing Ltd an imprint of The History Press Ltd


272 pages


Land forces & warfare
Second World War



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