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The Normandy Campaign : Great Campaigns - Victor Brooks

The Normandy Campaign

Great Campaigns

Hardcover Published: 1st June 2002
ISBN: 9780306811494
Number Of Pages: 288

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To defeat Nazi Germany, the Allies had to mount the largest amphibious attack in history. Nothing like it in size and scope had ever been attempted. Failure would mean, at best, prolonging the war. At worst, it would give Germany the chance to develop the "wonder weapons" they had been talking about for so long. Despite all of the mistakes and miscues of the Allied armies, as well as the great cost in lives, they secured the beaches with heroic determination and moved on to defeat Germany. The much-celebrated Allied landing at Omaha and the other Normandy beaches on D-Day was just the beginning--the success of the landing was secured only after another two months of hard fighting, bravery, and death. "The Normandy Campaign" describes in broad strokes the movements of the armies as they fought their way to Paris and presents a complete picture of the campaign through France. Brooks details his narrative with firsthand accounts from the soldiers who were in the dunes and hedgerows of Normandy. The reader comes to understand both the strategic situation and the human drama of war that made the Normandy campaign the incredible story it is.

Prefacep. 7
Genesis of an Invasionp. 13
A Gathering of Titansp. 27
A Blueprint for Victoryp. 45
Countdown to Invasionp. 55
Assault from the Airp. 67
Utah Beach: The Right Invasion at the Wrong Placep. 79
Omaha Beach: The Perilous Shorep. 91
Gold Beach: The First Allied Link-Upp. 113
Juno Beach: Payback for Dieppep. 125
Sword Beach: First Lunge for Caenp. 133
The Road to Villers-Bocagep. 143
The Fall of Fortress Cherbourgp. 161
Operation Epsom: The Battle for the Odonp. 181
The Battle of the Hedgerows: The Struggle of St. Lop. 193
Operation Goodwood: Climax at Caenp. 205
Operation Cobra: Breakout at St. Lop. 221
Operation Luttich: Counterattack at Mortainp. 237
From the Corridor of Death to the City of Lightsp. 247
Epilogue: Alternatives and Evaluationsp. 263
Guide for the Interested Readerp. 279
Indexp. 282
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ISBN: 9780306811494
ISBN-10: 0306811499
Series: Great Campaigns
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st June 2002
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 16.51  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1

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