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Normandy 1944: The Battle of the Hedgerows

Normandy 1944: The Battle of the Hedgerows

by Simon Forty


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Just as the Anglo-Canadian forces in the east found it difficult to advance beyond Caen after D-Day, so the US First Army labored to advance through the Norman bocage country in the west. The lethal struggle that developed there was a defining episode in the Normandy campaign, and this photographic history is a vivid introduction to it.

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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781526723710
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication date: 05/30/2018
Series: Images of War Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 730,065
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Simon Forty was educated in Dorset and the north of England before reading history at London University’s School of Slavonic and East European Studies. He has been involved in publishing since the mid-1970s, first as editor and latterly as author. Son of author and RAC Tank Museum curator George Forty, he has continued in the family tradition writing mainly on historical and military subjects including books on the Napoleonic Wars and the two world wars. Recently he has produced a range of highly illustrated books on the Normandy battlefields, the Atlantic Wall and the liberation of the Low Countries with co-author Leo Marriott.

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

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

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