Mortain 1944

Hitler’s Normandy Panzer offensive


Author: Steven J. Zaloga

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472832515

Category: Fiction

Page: 96

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Following the successful landings in Normandy on D-Day and consolidation during Operation Cobra, the Wehrmacht was ordered to begin a counter-offensive named Operation Lüttich. The plan was to send a large Panzer force across the First US Army sector, cutting off its spearheads, and finally reach Avranches on the coast. Had this succeeded, it not only would have cut off the First US Army spearheads, but also Patton's newly deployed Third US Army operating in Brittany. However, thanks to an intercepted radio message, the Allies were well-prepared for the offensive and not only repelled the oncoming panzers, but went on a counter-attack that would lead to a whole German army becoming encircled in the Falaise Pocket. Fully illustrated with stunning full-colour artwork, this book tells the story of Operation Lüttich, the failed offensive which ended any prospect of Germany winning the battle of Normandy.

The Battle of Normandy 1944


Author: Robin Neillands

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1780226934

Category: History

Page: 448

View: 6255

A fresh and incisive examination of one of the Second World War's crucial campaigns, the battle for Normandy in the months after D-Day. What happened to the Allied armies in Normandy in the months after D-Day, 1944? Why, after the initial success of the landings, did their advance stall a few miles inland from the beaches? Why did the British take so long to capture Caen? Why did the US infantry struggle so much in the bocage south of Omaha beach? Who was right about the conduct of the land campaign - Eisenhower or Montgomery? How did the Germans, deprived of air support, manage to hold off such a massive Allied force for more than two months? And if Enigma was allowing the Allies to read German battleplans, why did things go wrong as often as they did? THE BATTLE OF NORMANDY re-examines the demands and difficulties of the campaign and sheds new light on both with the aid of accounts from veterans on both sides. (Oral history forms a large part of the book.) It also analyses in detail the plans and performance of the commanders involved: Eisenhower, Bradley, Patton, Montgomery, Crerar and, of course, Rommel. Controversial and at times catastrophic, the Battle of Normandy was the last great set-piece battle in history and is long overdue for reassessment.

Old Hickory

The 30th Division: The Top-Rated American Infantry Division in Europe in World War II


Author: Robert W. Baumer

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0811765717

Category: History

Page: 432

View: 2113

The best U.S. division at war, from Normandy to the Bulge and beyond The 30th Infantry Division, drawn from the hill country of Tennessee and the Carolinas, was regarded during World War II as the cream of the crop of U.S. fighting units. The Germans agreed, calling the division “Roosevelt’s SS” for its tenacity and skill. The 30th fought in Normandy, along the Siegfried Line (where it conducted “the perfect infantry attack”), at the Battle of the Bulge, and in the final operations inside Germany. Baumer relies on primary sources to tell the story of this remarkable unit and its men in what is sure to become a classic World War II division history.

Battle Hardened

An Infantry Officer's Harrowing Journey from D-Day to V-E Day


Author: Craig S. Chapman

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1621577082

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

View: 7316

Battle-Hardened: An Infantry Officer's Harrowing Journey from D-Day to VE-Day tells the story of an American soldier's growth from a 2nd Lieutenant eager to prove his worth in battle to a skilled and resolute commander over the course of the Northern European Campaign. Craig Chapman delves deep into the personal recollections and mental state of Bill Champman as he fought against the Nazis, enduring frontline combat and witnessing horror on a massive scale. Lieutenant Chapman maintains his sanity by isolating his emotions from the chaos of the battlefield, and the young officer turns into a hard-edged warrior who dispassionately orders men to risk their lives yet still manages to hold onto his humanity.

The Americans at Normandy

The Summer of 1944--The American War from the Normandy Beaches to Falaise


Author: John C. McManus

Publisher: Forge Books

ISBN: 1466845805

Category: History

Page: 496

View: 5410

In The Americans at D-Day, the first volume of this series, John C. McManus showed us the American experience in Operation Overlord. Now, in this succeeding volume, he does the same for the Battle of Normandy as a whole. Never before has the American involvement in Normandy been examined so thoroughly or exclusively as in The Americans at Normandy. For D-Day was only one part of the battle, and victory came from weeks of sustained effort and sacrifices made by Allied soldiers. Presented here is the American experience during that summer of 1944, from the aftermath of D-Day to the slaughter of the Falaise Gap, from the courageous, famed figures of Bradley, Patton, and Lightnin' Joe Collins to the lesser-known privates who toiled in torturous conditions for their country. What was this battle really like for these men? What drove them to fight against all sense and despite all obstacles? How and why did they triumph? Reminiscent of Cornelius Ryan's The Longest Day, The Americans at Normandy takes readers into the minds of the best American strategists, into the hearts of the infantry, into hell on earth. Engrossing, lightning-quick, and filled with real human sorrow and elation, The Americans at Normandy honors those Americans who lost their lives in foreign fields and those who survived. Here is their story, finally told with the depth, pathos, and historical perspective it deserves. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Panzer Commanders of the Western Front

German Tank Generals in World War II


Author: Samuel W. Mitcham Jr.

Publisher: Stackpole Books

ISBN: 0811749223

Category: History

Page: 272

View: 530

Detailed biographies of 5 panzer commanders. Describes what it's like to lead tank units in battle. Includes D-Day, Normandy, the campaign for France, the Battle of the Bulge, and the final battles in Germany.

Saving the breakout

the 30th Division's heroic stand at Mortain, August 7-12, 1944


Author: Alwyn Featherston

Publisher: Presidio Press


Category: History

Page: 273

View: 9952

Recounts the defense of Mortain by one American infantry division against the attack of three German panzer divisions and explains the stategic significance of the battle

Battle for Mortain

The 30th Infantry Division Saves the Breakout, August 7-12, 1944


Author: Alwyn Featherston

Publisher: Presidio Press

ISBN: 9780891416623

Category: History

Page: 304

View: 2318

From its very first page, the American infantryman is the hero of this magnificent account of men at war. Specifically, the heroes are a handful of National Guardsmen of the Carolinas' 30th Infantry Division who, for five days in August 1944, withstood the full fury of a massive Nazi counterattack that threatened to cut off and defeat the Allies' breakout from the Normandy beaches. 12 maps. 24 photos.

The Right of the Line

The Royal Air Force in the European War, 1939-45


Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Great Britain

Page: 841

View: 3063

August 1944

The Campaign for France


Author: Robert A. Miller

Publisher: Presidio Pr


Category: History

Page: 280

View: 6940

Offers a day-by-day look at the events of August 1944 which resulted in the defeat of the German Army