Clay Pigeons of St Lo

Clay Pigeons of St Lo

by Glover S. Johns

Paperback(1 ED)

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Originally published in 1958 and now available for the first time in paperback, this classic of modern military history tells the exciting true story of the fall of St. L™, the first major objective of the invading American armies in Normandy in June of 1944. Although St. L™ was intended to be taken within days of the landing, stubborn German resistance postponed the town's fall until July 18. The author describes the bloody action that took place in the thirty days in between as he led his battalion-dubbed "The Indestructible Clay Pigeons"-through the daunting combat.
Col. Glover S. Johns, Jr., was a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, Class of 1931. In 1943, while serving as Military Attachè in Costa Rica, he applied for an assignment in the European theater, where he served with the 29th Infantry Division. Johns was awarded a Silver Star and Bronze Star Medals, each with Oak Leaf Cluster, as well as the Purple Heart. Joseph Balkoski is a historian specializing in the history of D-Day and the Normany campaign during World War II. He is the author of Beyond the Beachhead: The 29th Infantry Division in Normandy (0-8117-2682-7).

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ISBN-13: 9780811726047
Publisher: Stackpole Books
Publication date: 02/01/2002
Edition description: 1 ED
Pages: 1
Product dimensions: 6.06(w) x 9.01(h) x 0.80(d)

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The Clay Pigeons of St. Lo 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
seoulful on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An amazing account of thirty days of combat with a battalion of the 1st Infantry Division as it makes it's way from Omaha Beach to St Lo. The author who is the young battalion commander, chooses to give his account in the third person as he feels that he was an observer of himself as well as the battle. Excellent description of battle by a man who was not only an able leader, but a fine writer. Suspenseful, fast reading.