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D-DAY: PIERCING THE ATLANTIC WALL

Kershaw, R. J.

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ISBN 10: 0711021767 / ISBN 13: 9780711021761
Published by Ian Allan, 2004
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New hardback copies at a reduced price; published £24.99. Reprint. ; The 10-day battle for the Normandy foreshore as seen through the eyes of the German and Allied soldiers who fought and died in June 1944. First-hand accounts illustrations & maps. ; 254 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 51188

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Title: D-DAY: PIERCING THE ATLANTIC WALL

Publisher: Ian Allan

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: New

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Many books have been written about the Normandy landings, but Robert Kershaw brings a new perspective by drawing heavily on German and Allied sources little used in the standard accounts. The actual landings and the subsequent few days of battle often resolved themselves into a multitude of desperate small-scale struggles - for the next few yards of beach, to cross the next field, or to reach the next hedgerow. By looking at the battle at this level through the eyes of both Allied and German participants, the author is able to develop new insights into the successes and failures of both sides. He also shows why the battle for Normandy developed into the long and bitter struggle that has become so well known. The book features extracts from the German telephone log for Omaha Beach, bringing the landings to life. The author also analyses the failure by both sides to balance tank and infantry forces in the difficult Normandy terrain, and examines why the Allies, with local superiority in the early days, were unable to break out earlier or form a larger bridgehead.

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D-Day is a brilliant collection of German and Allied eyewitness accounts of what it was really like to parachute by night into Normandy, to defend the beaches from within the German bunker, to splash fearfully ashore under machine-gun and artillery fire, to be a victim of the relentless Allied air attacks or to struggle from a burning tank brewed-up by the deadly 88s. Many books have been written about the Normandy landings, but Robert J Kershaw brings a new perspective by drawing heavily on German and Allied sources little used in the standard accounts. The actual landings and the subsequent few days of battle to consolidate them often resolved themselves into a multitude of desperate small-scale struggles - for the next few yards of beach, to cross the next field, or to reach the next hedgerow. By looking at the battles at precisely this level, Robert Kershaw is able to develop new insights into the failures and successes of both sides, and to show why the battle for Normandy developed into the long and bitter struggle that has become so well known. He features extracts from the German telephone log for Omaha Beach, bringing the landings to life. He analyses the failure by both sides appropriately to balance tank and infantry forces in the difficult Normandy terrain, and examines why the Allies, with local superiority in the early days, were unable to break out earlier, or form a larger bridgehead. He shows how the D-Day struggle was not concluded in a single 'longest' day but was in fact a 10-day battle for the Normandy foreshore to decide whether the Allied lodgement would hold, or the Germans push the invaders into the sea.

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