Retreat to the Reich: The German Defeat in France, 1944

Retreat to the Reich: The German Defeat in France, 1944

by Samuel W. Mitcham, Thomas Szasz
     
 

Accomplished military historiean Samuel W. Mitcham, Jr. recaptures the spirit of the Wehrmacht in 1944, as the thin gray line finally snapped and survivors fled back to the Reich.See more details below

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Accomplished military historiean Samuel W. Mitcham, Jr. recaptures the spirit of the Wehrmacht in 1944, as the thin gray line finally snapped and survivors fled back to the Reich.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The German forces' reactions to challenge and to their ultimate expulsion from occupied France by U.S. and British forces are the focus of this study, covering the campaigns of June to September 1944. Mitcham, a professor at the University of Louisiana, marshals serious detail here, from German orders of battle in various actions (including compositions of units) to notes with biographical sketches of many Wehrmacht commanders. Some are fascinating and attest to scholarship, yet for a lay reader their bulk is tedious and threatens to obscure the broader themes. But for the determined reader, Mitcham conveys a documented sense of the main sectors and phases of battle, how fronts advanced, the commanding personalities, the stubborn resistance and the progressive gutting of the German forces. Adding dimension are, for example, explanations of why German forces came to be confined in the Falaise pocket, of how Paris escaped destruction via a Nazi general's scruples and of how the failed July conspiracy to assassinate Hitler debilitated the military in France. This volume offers a focused resource for the specialist and buff, but is not likely to appeal to generalists. Illustrations not seen by PW. (Nov.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275968571
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/28/2000
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.58(w) x 9.51(h) x 1.23(d)
Lexile:
1370L (what's this?)

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