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In this succeeding volume to The Americans at D-Day, McManus 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 "Lightning" Joe Collins to the lesser-known privates who toiled in torturous conditions for their country.
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.
|Publisher:||Tom Doherty Associates|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.13(d)|
About the Author
John C. McManus is a professor of military history at the University of Missouri. He has traveled extensively in researching his books about the American experience in World War II.
Table of Contents
|List of Maps||9|
|1||Inland from Omaha: The Week After D-Day||17|
|2||Inland from Utah: The Week After D-Day||59|
|4||Stalled Before St-Lo||124|
|5||The Struggle for Cherbourg||136|
|6||The Hedgerow Maze||175|
|8||Prelude to St-Lo||220|
|9||Agony and Bloodshed: St-Lo||235|
|12||Breakout and Chase||333|
|14||The End at Normandy||409|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I gave it 4 stars due to the lack of detail in the maps. I could not read them due to the horrible printing job. It made it hard to follow the break out, therefore making it a bit confusing as to who was where. I had to refer to other references and the internet for maps of France to get a full picture of the flow of the breakout. I did find Bradley's lack of aggressiveness to do the short encirclement enlightening. A lengthy book but the author does an outstanding and detailed work - after all; it did take the Allies 3 months to "breakout". Again, if the maps had been more detailed and readable this would be a fantastic volume of historical work. I still recommend the purchase as a follow up to his D-Day book.
I loved McManus' book--and the companion volume about D-Day. He describes battle scenes in brilliant detail, and is refreshingly candid about the tactical thinking--and occasional failing--of the American commanders. His analysis of Bradley's decision-making is particularly profound and insightful. A great read. BUT...The maps are horrible! For a military history buff who enjoys looking at the maps of a battle while reading the text, this book will disappoint. The maps are unreadable. What a pity!
i think that mcmanus put in a lot of thought into making this book i took me 5 mounths to read the whole book but it was still outstanding