Bocage: The Battle for Normandy

Bocage: The Battle for Normandy

by Arve Robert Pisani


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On June 6, 1944, Allied forces launched the greatest invasion in history against Nazi-occupied Europe. More than 150,000 troops landed on the coast of France as part of Operation Overlord, and for seven weeks they fought inland across fifteen miles of le bocage—the deadly maze of hedgerows, fields, and woodlands that comprises the Norman countryside. On July 25, they finally broke Germany’s defensive line with a decisive strike at Saint-Lô.

Bocage tells the story of the Normandy campaign from the point of view of the men who experienced it. Arve Robert Pisani spent years researching and collecting first-hand accounts from more than three hundred World War II veterans on both sides of the conflict. Through interviews, telephone conversations, personal correspondence, and primary documents he crafted an intimate narrative of their time in Normandy. Many of these stories, both unique and familiar, have never before been told. The account is enhanced by extensive research of primary sources—including after action reports, combat interviews, small unit studies, and unpublished documents—to add strategic depth and historical analysis. The result is an uncompromising account of the summer of 1944.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780999515846
Publisher: Aperture Press, LLC
Publication date: 05/08/2018
Pages: 350
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.78(d)

About the Author

Arve Robert Pisani is a Norwegian author with a deep appreciation for history. He began researching the Normandy campaign in 1974, and spent seven years interviewing and corresponding with more than three hundred World War II veterans. Bocage is the result of this significant undertaking. His previous book, The Carentan Causeway, explores a brief but significant moment during the Allied advance after D-Day.

Table of Contents


Herr General! The Message!

The Clocks Strike Midnight in Saint-Lô

While Hitler Was Sleeping

The American Beaches

The British and Canadian Beaches

Panzer March!

The Morning of D+1

The Bridge at La Fière



Le Carrefour

Carentan Causeway

Collapse in the Center

The British Bridgehead


Toward Saint-Lô



Night Patrol

The Mahlmann Line

Hill 95

Parachute Regiment 15


Mont Castré

The Vire-Taute Bridgehead

Panzer Lehr to Saint-Lô

Night Combat

The Front Gives Way at Saint-Lô

Caen—Prestige or Strategy

Operation Goodwood

Assassination Attempt

The Battle of Sèves Island

The Dead

The Snake is Coiled



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