Through a selection of over 150 carefully chosen and meticulously captioned wartime photographs Simon Forty traces the course of the battle and gives the reader a graphic impression of the conditions, the terrain and the experience of the troops.
The Germans mounted a tenacious defense. They fought from prepared positions in the high hedgerows. Each cramped field and narrow lane became a killing ground. But the Americans adapted their tactics and brought in special equipment including bulldozers and tanks with hedgerow cutters to force their way through.
The losses were appalling as the Germans used snipers, mines, machine guns and artillery to great effect. Inexorably, however, and with enormous bravery, First Army solved their tactical problems, inflicted heavy casualties on the defenders and ground their way to Saint-Lô.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 The Bocage 11
Chapter 2 The Opposing Forces 27
Chapter 3 Advance from Omaha 57
Chapter 4 The Cotentin 75
Chapter 5 The July Offensive 93
Chapter 6 The Battle of Saint-Lo 123
Chapter 7 British Actions in the Bocage 137
Further Reading 144