Liberation of Paris 1944: Patton's race for the Seine

Liberation of Paris 1944: Patton's race for the Seine

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by Steven J. Zaloga, Howard Gerrard
     
 

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In July 1944, Operation Cobra broke the stalemate in Normandy and sent the Allies racing across France. The Allied commanders had ignored Paris in their planning for this campaign, considering that the risk of intense street fighting and heavy casualties outweighed the city's strategic importance. However, Charles de Gaulle persuaded the Allied commanders to take

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In July 1944, Operation Cobra broke the stalemate in Normandy and sent the Allies racing across France. The Allied commanders had ignored Paris in their planning for this campaign, considering that the risk of intense street fighting and heavy casualties outweighed the city's strategic importance. However, Charles de Gaulle persuaded the Allied commanders to take direct action to liberate his nation's capital. Steven J Zaloga first describes the operations of Patton's Third Army as it advanced towards Paris before focussing on the actions of the Resistance forces inside the city and of the Free French armoured division that fought its way in and joined up with them to liberate it on the 24th August. On the back of this morale-boosting victory, De Gaulle could finally proclaim Paris to be liberated, as one of the world's loveliest cities survived Hitler's strident command that it should be held at all costs or razed to the ground.

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“Zaloga's high standards of research and his usual clear, concise writing style make this another valuable addition to Osprey's Second World War titles. If the reader desires a short, but thorough, account of the events surrounding the liberation of Paris, this work is now the best focused account available in English.” —Mark Stille, World War II Quarterly (May 2008)

“This writing sparkles. The artwork is dynamic. The maps and battle scences put the writer in the battle. I am new to the Camaign series, but if 'Liberation of Paris, 1944' sets the standard, I'm ready for campaign #195, what ever the title.” —Richard N. Larsen, The Midwest Book Review (July 2008).

“Steven J. Zaloga's Liberation of Paris 1944: Patton's Race for the Seine recounts the Operation Cobra battle that sent the Allies across France with plans to liberate the notoriously difficult Paris.” —California Bookwatch (May 2008)

“All of this is superbly illustrated not only by the artwork of Howard Gerrard, but also by the selection of period photographs. This all makes a superb book on the subject. One that I found most enjoyable and I know you will as well. It is a superb book on the subject and one that all students of American history should have in their libraries. I can recommend to you without reservation.” —Scott Van Aken, modelingmadness.com (May 2008)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781472800190
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
01/20/2013
Series:
Campaign , #194
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
733,631
File size:
61 MB
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Meet the Author

Steven J. Zaloga was born in 1952, received his BA in history from Union College, and his MA from Columbia University. He has published numerous books and articles dealing with modern military technology, especially armoured vehicle development. His main area of interest is the US Army of World War II, as well as Russia and the former Soviet Union.

Howard Gerrard studied at the Wallasey School of Art and has been a freelance designer and illustrator for over 20 years. He has worked for a number of publishers and is an associate member of the Guild of Aviation Artists. He has won both the Society of British Aerospace Companies Award and the Wilkinson Sword Trophy and has illustrated a number of books for Osprey. Howard lives and works in Kent.
Steven J. Zaloga received his BA in History from Union College and his MA from Columbia University. He has worked as an analyst in the aerospace industry for over two decades, covering missile systems and the international arms trade, and has served with the Institute for Defense Analyses, a federal think tank. He is the author of numerous books on military technology and military history, with an accent on the US Army in World War II as well as Russia and the former Soviet Union.

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Liberation of Paris 1944: Patton's race for the Seine 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
HKAuthorSantaBarbara More than 1 year ago
Steven Z. knows what he is talking about. Put this book on your list and stay up on the past.