By Tank Into Normandy

Author: Stuart Hills
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
ISBN: 9780304366408
Category: History
Page: 256
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'One of the best half-dozen personal accounts of the Normandy campaign' - Richard Holmes Stuart Hills embarked his Sherman DD tank on to an LCT at 6.45 a.m., Sunday 4 June 1944. He was 20 years old, unblooded, fresh from a public-school background and Officer Cadet training. He was going to war. Two days later, his tank sunk, he and his crew landed from a rubber dinghy with just the clothes they stood in. After that, the struggles through the Normandy bocage in a replacement tank (of the non-swimming variety), engaging the enemy in a constant round of close encounters, led to a swift mastering of the art of tank warfare and remarkable survival in the midst of carnage and destruction. His story of that journey through hell to victory makes for compulsive reading.

Tigers in Normandy

Author: Wolfgang Schneider
Publisher: Stackpole Books
ISBN: 0811745090
Category: History
Page: 384
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This book has it all ... like reading an After the Battle and Panzerwrecks combined ... highly recommended! --Chuck Aleshire, AMPS Chicagoland

The Veterans' Tale

British Military Memoirs of the Second World War
Author: Frances Houghton
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1108496911
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 312
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Reveals how memoirs are rich repositories of information about the ways in which veterans remembered, understood, and recounted their war.

Normandy 1944: The Battle for Caen

Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives
Author: Simon Forty
Publisher: Pen and Sword
ISBN: 1526723786
Category: History
Page: 128
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Caen, a D-Day objective on 6 June 1944, did not fall to the British and Canadian troops of Second Army until 6 August, by which time much of the city had been reduced to rubble. The two-month struggle was a crucial stage in the Normandy campaign and, as Simon Forty demonstrates in this photographic history, one of the most controversial. His detailed, graphic account gives the reader a fascinating insight into the opposing forces, the conditions, the terrain, the equipment and weaponry deployed – and it illustrates just how intense and protracted the fighting was on the ground. The reasons for the slow Allied advance have been hotly disputed. Deficiencies in British and Canadian equipment and tactics have been blamed, as has the tenacity of the German resistance. Ultimately a sequence of Allied operations sapped the defenders’ strength, and it is these operations – Perch, Martlet, Epsom, Windsor, Charnwood, Jupiter, Atlantic, Goodwood – that feature strongly in the striking photographs that have been selected for this book. They record in the most dramatic fashion the character of the fighting and show how even the SS divisions and heavy tank battalions were eventually defeated.

The Normandy Campaign 1944

Sixty Years On
Author: John Buckley
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134203047
Category: History
Page: 240
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With essays from leading names in military history, this new book re-examines the crucial issues and debates of the D-Day campaign. It tackles a range of core topics, placing them in their current historiographical context, to present new and sometimes revisionist interpretations of key issues, such as the image of the Allied armies compared with the Germans, the role of air power, and the lessons learned by the military from their operations. As the Second World War is increasingly becoming a field of revisionism, this book sits squarely within growing debates, shedding new light on topics and bringing current thinking from our leading military and strategic historians to a wider audience. This book will be of great interest to students of the Second World War, and of military and strategic studies in general.

Tank Men

Author: Robert Kershaw
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1848946481
Category: History
Page: 480
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'I thought Tank Men was a triumph is a really fine piece of work' - Richard Holmes 'Some of the eye witness accounts Kershaw has collected for this comprehensive review of tank warfare have the power to chill the reader to the bone. This is warfare at the sharp end' --NOTTINGHAM EVENING POST The First World War saw the birth of an extraordinary fighting machine that has fascinated three generations: the tank. In Tank Men, ex-soldier and military historian Robert Kershaw brings to life the grime, the grease and the fury of a tank battle through the voices of ordinary men and women who lived and fought in those fearsome machines. Drawing on vivid, newly researched personal testimony from the crucial battles of the First and Second World Wars, this is military history at its very best.


Minute by Minute
Author: Jonathan Mayo
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1476772959
Category: History
Page: 304
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Told in a purely chronological style, this fascinating account vividly details the authentic stories of regular people caught up in the historical events of D-Day. June 6, 1944 was a truly historic day, but it was also a day where ordinary people found themselves in extraordinary situations... Lieutenant Norman Poole jumped from a bomber surrounded by two hundred decoy dummy parachutists. French baker Pierre Cardron led British paratroopers to his local church, where he knew two German soldiers were hiding in the confessional. Southampton telegram boy Tom Hiett delivered his first “death message” by midday. At the sound of Allied aircraft, Werner Kortenhaus of the twenty-first Panzer Division ran to collect his still damp washing from a French laundrywoman. And injured soldiers wept in their beds in a New York hospital, knowing that their buddies lay dying on the Normandy beaches. Drawing on memoirs, diaries, letters, and oral accounts, D-Day is a purely chronological narrative, concerned less with the military strategies and more with what people were thinking and doing as D-Day unfolded, minute-by-minute. Moving seamlessly from various perspectives and stories, D-Day sets the reader in the midst of it all, compelling us to relive this momentous day in world history.

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
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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.

Normandy 1944

The Road to Victory
Author: Richard Doherty
Publisher: Spellmount, Limited Publishers
Category: History
Page: 335
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An examination of the planning and preparation for the invasion, the launching of the greatest military operation of all time, and the campaign that followed in the summer of 1944, until the Allied armies closed at Falaise Gap and the Germans began their retreat from France.

Raymond Williams

A Warrior's Tale
Author: Dai Smith
Publisher: Parthian Books
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 514
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A biography of Raymond Williams, One of the most influential socialist intellectuals in post-war Britain.

Normandy Crucible

The Decisive Battle that Shaped World War II in Europe
Author: John Prados
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101516615
Category: History
Page: 336
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A military intelligence expert examines the most formative battle of World War II. The Battle of Normandy was the greatest offensive campaign the world had ever seen. Millions of soldiers battling for control of Europe were thrust onto the front lines of a massive war unlike any experienced in history. But the greatest of clashes would prove to be the crucible in which the outcome of World War II would be decided. Author John Prados tells the story of how and why the tactics and battle plans of Normandy proved so formative, and reconstructs the climactic Allied Normandy breakout from both sides of the battle lines.

The Normandy Campaign 1944

Author: Bob Carruthers
Publisher: Coda Books Ltd
ISBN: 1906783500
Page: N.A
View: 1950

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This lavishly illustrated edition is the definitive single volume overview of the hard fought campaign in Normandy. Written by Emmy Award winning author and historian Bob Carruthers, and drawing extensively on primary sources, this major publication is appearing in e-book form for the first time. The Normandy Campaign encompasses the strategic, operational and tactical aspects of the battle for Normandy and expertly details the events which influenced the actions of the armies on both sides of the battlefront. The entire scope of the 1944 battle for Normandy is considered including the weapons, defences and logistical problems. This e-book version features all of the most important battles which erupted following the D-day landings including Epsom, Goodwood, Charnwood, Mortain and culminates in the Falaise pocket. Also included is an extensive survey of the raid on Dieppe and its importance as a dress rehearsal for Operation Overlord.


The Flawed Victory : the Destruction of Panzergruppe West, August 1944
Author: Anthony Tucker-Jones
Publisher: Pen & Sword
Category: History
Page: 246
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"The destruction of the trapped German forces in the Falaise pocket in August 1944 is one of the most famous episodes of the Normandy campaign ... In this perceptive study Anthony Tucker-Jones dispels misconceptions about the battle, describes the combat in graphic detail and reassesses the outcome in the context of the campaign to liberate Europe. Although the Falaise battle is often portrayed as a total Allied triumph, the Panzer divisions caught there were reconstituted rapidly; just four months later they launched the last extraordinary German offensive of the war, the Ardennes. The author takes a broad view tracing the course of the campaign mainly from the German viewpoint"--Dust jacket.

Rude Mechanicals

An account of Tank Maturity during the Second World War
Author: A J Smithers
Publisher: Pen and Sword
ISBN: 1473817811
Category: History
Page: 262
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In this sequel to "An New Excalibur", which examined the development of the tank during World War I and after, Smithers examines the role played by tanks in World War II. At the beginning of the war only the Germans and the Russians had realized the full power of the tank. The British and the Americans were forced to try to catch up. One difficulty was fundamentally a matter of finding the right tool for the right job. In the last year of the war, the Germans relied on the immense King Tigers, which lacked speed and manoeuvrability; while the Allies were confined to Shermans, Cromwells and Churchills, which were incapable of making a heavyweight impact. Each side had some envy for the other.

Reckoning in Normandy

The Last Gathering of the Greatest Generation
Author: Donald Rosen
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1493119281
Category: History
Page: 440
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Reckoning In Normandy: The Last Gathering Of The Greatest Generation concerns the authors experience at the 60th anniversary of the Normandy invasion in June 2004. As the son of a WWII paratrooper, he came to honor his father, a man who died young, and someone he hardly knew. In the process, he witnessed the return of the Normandy veterans for a last look back at their greatest achievement, and their middle aged children, seeking to discover the depth of their fathers souls after a lifetime of love and alienation. This book illuminates the difficult road the two groups traveled, and chronicles the emergence of respect, admiration, and above all, forgiveness on the beaches of Normandy. The second volume will be available next Spring.

Wings Over Normandy

A Story of the B-26 and One Man That Flew It
Author: Harry Gael Michaels
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1469136791
Category: Fiction
Page: 82
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This novel is about one young man, of Irish Catholic descent, growing up in San Francisco of emigrant Irish parents and entering WWII shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. During his high school years he works, in his spare time, at the Fisherman’s wharf. He meets and falls in love with the daughter of a fishing boat skipper but one night as they are crossing the street to go to dinner at a small restaurant in the North Beach District a random bullet from China Town finds its mark in the chest of the girl he intends to build his life around and the event leaves the young man in state of anger and despair as the war breaks out. He joins the service and becomes a pilot of a B-26 medium bomber which eventually takes him to combat in Europe and his participation in the Normandy invasion on June 6, 1944. While recuperating from wounds and emotional exhaustion suffered from a bombing mission in France he meets and falls in love with an Irish girl. The book, itself, is a work of historical fiction but stays close to the factual history of the WWII era with special reference to the war in Europe and the part played by the Eighth U.S. Air Force and the Royal Air Force of Great Britain.

War, Exile, Justice, and Everyday Life, 1936-1946

Author: Sandra Ott
Publisher: Center for Basque Studies UV of Nevada, Reno
Category: Basques
Page: 408
View: 9957

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"Collection of essays primarily by historians of the Basque Country, France, Spain, and Germany on the themes of war, exile, justice, and everyday life, 1936-1946"--Provided by publisher.

Decision in Normandy

Author: Carlo D'Este
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Category: 1940-1949
Page: 555
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Here, for the first time in paperback, is an outstanding military history that offers a dramatic new perspective on the Allied campaign that began with the invasion of the D-Day beaches of Normandy. Nationa advertising in Military History.