Normandy: From D-Day to the Breakout: June 6-July 31, 1944

Normandy: From D-Day to the Breakout: June 6-July 31, 1944

by Dominique Francois

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Overview

Over the past seventy years, the D-Day landings carried out by Allied forces on the beaches of Normandy have become perhaps the most famous component of World War II history. Mentions of Operation Overlord immediately conjure up images of Higgins boats, cliff-top snipers, paratroopers, and utter chaos. The critical events that preceded WWII's most telling battle - the German occupation of Normandy, the construction of the Atlantic Wall by Erwin Rommel, the Nazis' mounting defense of the French Coast - are too often overlooked. Similarly excluded are the Allied preparations, such as their rigorous training exercises in England and the extensive aerial planning implemented by the U.S. Air Force. In Normandy, French military historian Dominique François illuminates this tense buildup from both the German and Allied perspectives, moving effortlessly between the two sides to craft the first complete illustrated history of the Allied invasion of France, from its early development all the way to its conclusion at the end of August, 1944. A rare collection of remarkable period photographs - many of them never before published - accompany François' lucid descriptions, placing you directly in the middle of wartime action. From the Dieppe Raid to the tragedy at Slapton Sands, from the night drops and the beaches to the breakout and race across France, this expertly narrated volume makes a crucial moment in WWII history real for all readers and all times.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780760345580
Publisher: Zenith Press
Publication date: 10/13/2013
Edition description: First
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Dominique Francois is a French military historian specializing in D-Day and the subsequent Normandy campaign. He has written fifteen books on the subject, including Normandy: Breaching the Atlantic Wall (Zenith Press, 2008). His expertise on D-Day is well known throughout France, and he has served as a consultant for the History Channel, NBC, and Inertia Films. He currently lives in Normandy, France.

Table of Contents


List of Maps
Acknowledgments
Introduction

Part I: Four Years of German Occupation
1 June 1940: The Defeat of France
2 France under the Occupation
3 Construction of the Atlantic Wall
4 German Forces in Normandy on the Eve of the Allied Invasion

Part II: Operation Overlord: The Plan
5 Strategic Preparations
6 Airborne Operations
7 Amphibious and Naval Operations

Part III: D-Day: The Invasion
8 Airborne Missions 
9 The Beaches
10 Consolidating the Beachheads

Part IV: Expanding the Beachheads
11 The First U.S. Army and the Capture of Cherbourg
12 The Second British Army and the Battle of Caen

Part V: Operation Cobra
13 Preliminaries 
14 The Breakthrough at Saint-Lô

Part VI: Normandy’S Stalingrad 
15 The Counterattack at Mortain
16 The Falaise Pocket: The Road of Death (Todesgang) 
17 The Race to Paris

Epilogue

Appendices
A: The Battle?eld: Then and Now
B: Unit Insignia

Bibliography
Index

Maps

Operation Overlord Plan
German Forces in Normandy
1st Division Landing at Omaha Beach
Utah Beach: D-Day
Gold, Juno, and Sword Beaches: D-Day
The U.S. Drive to Secure the Cotentin Peninsula and Cherbourg
The British and Canadian Capture of Caen
Operation Cobra: The Breakout from Saint-Lô
The German Attack at Mortain
The Falaise–Argentan Pocket

Cartography by Philip Schwartzberg, Meridian Mapping, Minneapolis

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