How does an army care for its wounded? how do combat engineers cross obstacles? How do tanks fight? How do Air and Naval Forces support the Army? But to understand what makes an Army ‘tick’ you must also understand its people. Stout hearts is essential reading for those who wish to understand the ‘mechanics’ of battle.
What was missing from the existing body of work on Normandy specifically and the Second World War generally is a book that explains how an army actually operates in war and what it was like for those involved, Stout Hearts fills this gap. However most books have focused on narrating the conduct of the battle, describing the factors that influenced its outcome, or debating the relative merits of the armies and their generals.
Stout Hearts: The British and Canadians in Normandy 1944 #ad - Therefore explanations of tactics and techniques are not only well illustrated with excellent photographs and high quality maps but also effectively combined with relevant accounts from the combatants themselves. There have been so many books written on Normandy that the publication of another one might appear superfluous.
The Pegasus and Orne Bridges: Their Capture, Defences and Relief on D-DayPen and Sword Military #ad - The glider-borne operation to capture Pegasus Bridge has an established place in the annals of warfare. He covers events and operations from ranville in the east to Benouville in the West and this embraces the fierce fighting by 7th, 12th and 13th Parachute Battalions and reinforcements such as the Commandos, sea borne engineers and the Warwicks.
The Pegasus and Orne Bridges: Their Capture, Defences and Relief on D-Day #ad - This splendid book will be enjoyed by those at home and those who are lucky enough to visit these historic sites. Conducted by major john howard and his company of Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry it was a superbly daring, brilliantly executed ‘coup de main’ assault. Equally brave was the seizure of the Orne bridges by airborne forces and the defense against ferocious German counter attacks over a prolonged period.
The author who has a deep specialized knowledge of the are and period uses extensive personal accounts to tell this thrilling and inspiring story.
Case Red: The Collapse of FranceOsprey Publishing #ad - After mounting a vigorous counterattack at abbeville and then conducting a tough defence along the Somme, Cherbourg, the British were forced to conduct a second evacuation from the ports of Le Havre, Brest and St Nazaire. While france was in its death throes, politicians and soldiers debated what to do – flee to England or North Africa, or seek an armistice.
Case Red: The Collapse of France #ad - Case red captures the drama of the final three weeks of military operations in France in June 1940, and explains the great impact it had on the course of relations between Britain and France during the remainder of the war. Even after the legendary evacuation from Dunkirk in June 1940 there were still large British formations fighting the Germans alongside their French allies.
It also addresses the military, and how the windfall of captured military equipment, political and human drama of France's collapse in June 1940, fuel and industrial resources enhanced the Third Reich's ability to attack its next foe – the Soviet Union.
Blocking Kampfgruppe Peiper: The 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment in the Battle of the BulgeCasemate #ad - Caught by surprise, the allies were initially only able to throw two divisions of paratroopers to buttress the collapse—the 82nd Airborne, which was rushed to the area of St. Retreat from St. Army. Moving quotations of letters to the next-of-kin provide insight into the impact of their deaths both on the battlefield and homefront.
In this work van lunteren provides a fascinating, close-in view of the 504th P. I. R. Most dangerous to the allies was the German spearhead of the 1st SS Panzer Division led by Jochen Peiper, which aimed to sever the Allied front. Although some rifle companies were whittled down to less than 50 paratroopers, the Americans doggedly fought on until victory was achieved.
Blocking Kampfgruppe Peiper: The 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment in the Battle of the Bulge #ad - During the battle of the Bulge as well as its gallant sacrifice. In adverse weather conditions against the german 9th SS Panzer and 3rd Fallschirmjäger Divisions, the 504th lived up to it’s regimental motto--Strike and Hold. The 504th was committed to block the ss advance, and within 48 hours of their arrival Colonel Tucker’s paratroopers were attacking the SS-Panzergrenadiers of Peiper’s battlegroup, eventually forcing them to withdraw.
More ferocious fighting ensued as follow-up German units forced a U. S. In december 1944 an enormous German army group crashed through the thin American line in the Ardennes forest.
Demolishing the Myth: The Tank Battle at Prokhorovka, Kursk, July 1943: An Operational NarrativeHelion & Company #ad - A former staff member of the prokhorovka battlefield state museum, zamulin has dedicated years of his life to the study of the battle of Kursk, and especially the fighting on its southern flank involving the famous attack of the II SS Panzer Corps into the teeth of deeply echeloned Red Army defenses. Zamulin skillfully weaves reminiscences of Red Army and Wehrmacht soldiers and officers into the narrative of the fighting, using in part files belonging to the Prokhorovka Battlefield State Museum.
. Illustrated with numerous maps and photographs including present-day views of the battlefield, Zamulin’s book is an outstanding contribution to the growing literature on the battle of Kursk, and supplemented with extensive tables of data, and further demolishes many of the myths and legends that grew up around it.
Valeriy zamulin’s study of the crucible of combat during the titanic clash at Kursk—the fighting at Prokhorovka—is now available in English. A product of five years of intense research into the once-secret Central Archives of the Russian Ministry of Defense, this book lays out in enormous detail the plans and tactics of both sides, culminating in the famous and controversial clash at Prokhorovka on July 12, 1943.
Demolishing the Myth: The Tank Battle at Prokhorovka, Kursk, July 1943: An Operational Narrative #ad - He examines mistaken deployments and faulty decisions that hampered the voronezh Front’s efforts to contain the Fourth Panzer Army’s assault, and the valiant, self-sacrificial fighting of the Red Army’s soldiers and junior officers as they sought to slow the German advance and crush the II SS Panzer Corps with a heavy counterattack at Prokhorovka.
Comprehensive scholarship and convincing reasoning, place this work on a level with the best of David Glantz” Dennis Showalter, enhanced by an excellent translation, award-winning author of Patton and Rommel. Zamulin has the advantage of living in Prokhorovka, so he has walked the ground of the battlefield many times and has an intimate knowledge of the terrain.
This groundbreaking book examines the battle of kursk between the Red Army and Wehrmacht, as the author works to clarify the relative size of the contending forces, the actual area of this battle, with a particular emphasis on its beginning on July 12, and the costs suffered by both sides.
Operation Market Garden: The Campaign for the Low Countries, Autumn 1944: Seventy Years On Wolverhampton Military Studies Book 20Helion and Company #ad - Yet despite the deployment of thousands of american, british and Polish airborne troops, ultimately at Arnhem in the Netherlands, in conjunction with the efforts of ground forces to link up with them, the plan failed spectacularly and the war continued well into 1945. This collection of essays addresses such questions as: • why did market garden take place?• why did it fail?• what were the consequences of the operation?• how did it impact on the experience of war in the Low Countries in 1944?• How and why has it been depicted, studied and commemorated in the years since 1944?• How did Market Garden fit into the overall campaign in the Low Countries in the autumn of 1944?Operation Market Garden: The Campaign for the Low Countries, Autumn 1944: Seventy Years On is the result of a major international conference held at the University of Wolverhampton in September 2014.
It highlights many new areas of interest and forces us to rethink our understanding of this pivotal period of the Second World War. In september 1944 the western allies mounted an audacious attempt to seize a crossing over the Rhine into Germany in a bid to end the Second World War quickly. Famously depicted in the blockbuster film a bridge too far 1977 the operation, has attained iconic status and is the subject of countless books, code named Market Garden, documentaries and articles, and is subjected to more speculation than almost any other Allied operation of the war.
Operation Market Garden: The Campaign for the Low Countries, Autumn 1944: Seventy Years On Wolverhampton Military Studies Book 20 #ad - After 70 years it is time to reevaluate the importance, impact and outcome of Market Garden, alongside a wider reappraisal of the fighting in the Low Countries in the autumn of 1944. The contributors are drawn from a body of historians, military professionals and researchers who met to reevaluate these questions after the passage of 70 years.
Finland's War of Choice: The Troubled German-Finnish Coalition in World War IICasemate #ad - This left the german forces in finland to simply vacate the territory, fighting between the Finns and Soviets alike as they tried to return to the main war. The finns lost all their gains and quickly concluded a separate armistice. The objective of linking up with the finns in the Leningrad area was an important factor in Hitler opting for three main drives into the Soviet Union rather than an earlier OKH plan that called for only two.
After describing the operations during and after Barbarossa, this book describes how the Finnish theater became a blind ally for the Germans. This book posits that it was mind-boggling how the highly professional German General Staff allowed itself to accept the militarily unsound and shaky coalition that resulted.
Finland's War of Choice: The Troubled German-Finnish Coalition in World War II #ad - This is a topic often missing in English, though in stark contrast to the numerous books on the shorter and less bloody Winter War. Their strongest and best army was trapped both operationally and geographically in central and northern Finland, making virtually no contribution to the war effort. Jointly suffering 291, 000 casualties, the only consolation was that the coalition had inflicted some 830, 000 on the Soviets.
In this book, henrik lunde, 1940, a former us special operations colonel, and the renowned author of Hitler’s Pre-emptive War: The Battle for Norway, once again fills a profound gap in our understanding of World War II. The germans could not bring to bear enough forces to accomplish their objectives without substantial Finnish assistance, and that was not forthcoming.
The final chapters deal with the Soviet counteroffensive against the Finns in 1944.
German Northern Theater of Operations 1940-1945 Illustrated EditionVerdun Press #ad - In addition a number of the participants on the German side have very generously contributed from their personal knowledge and experience. Hitler regarded this theater as the keystone of his empire, after 1941, and, maintained in it two armies totaling over a half million men. In spite of its vast area and the effort and worry which Hitler lavished on it, the Northern Theater throughout most of the war constituted something of a military backwater.
It faced east into the soviet union on a 700-mile-long front, and west on a 1, 300-mile sea frontier. The present volume is based in the main on the greatest remaining source of unexploited information, the captured German military and naval records. Remoteness, and the russians’ well-known penchant for secrecy combined to keep information concerning the Northern Theater down to a mere trickle, German security measures, much of that inaccurate.
German Northern Theater of Operations 1940-1945 Illustrated Edition #ad - The first they launched, on 9 April 1940, against Denmark and Norway. The latter campaign began on 22 june 1941 and ended in the winter of 1944-45 after the Finnish Government had sued for peace. The scene of these campaigns by the end of 1941 stretched from the North Sea to the Arctic Ocean and from Bergen on the west coast of Norway, to Petrozavodsk, the former capital of the Karelo-Finnish Soviet Socialist Republic.
Includes 23 maps and 31 illustrationsThis volume describes two campaigns that the Germans conducted in their Northern Theater of Operations. The second they conducted out of Finland in partnership with the Finns against the Soviet Union.
The Battle of the Bridges: The 504 Parachute Infantry Regiment in Operation Market GardenCasemate #ad - This book draws on a plethora of previously unpublished sources to shed new light on the exploits of the “Devils in Baggy Pants” by Dutch author and historian Frank van Lunteren. On september 20 gavin turned his paratroopers into sailors and conducted a deadly daylight amphibious assault in small plywood and canvas craft across the Waal River to secure the north end of the highway bridge in Nijmegen.
A native of arnhem—the site of “the bridge too far”—the author draws on nearly 130 interviews he personally conducted with veterans of the 504th, plus Dutch civilians and British and German soldiers, who here tell their story for the first time. Their ferocity thence rolled up the German defenses, and by the end of day the bridge had fallen.
The Battle of the Bridges: The 504 Parachute Infantry Regiment in Operation Market Garden #ad - However, within that operation were episodes of heroism that still remain unsung. On september, the 504th parachute infantry regiment, 1944, 82nd airborne Division, in the midst of German forces, floated down across the Dutch countryside, 17, and proceeded to fight their way to vital bridges to enable the Allied offensive to go forward.
Operation market garden has been recorded as a complete Allied failure in World War II, an overreach that resulted in an entire airborne division being destroyed at its apex. The 101st airborne was behind them; the British 1st Airbourne was far advanced. German machine guns and mortars boiled the water on the crossing, but somehow a number of paratroopers made it to the far bank.
In the 82nd’s sector the crucial conduits needed to be seized.
The Destruction of Panzergruppe West, August 1944 - Falaise: The Flawed VictoryPen and Sword Military #ad - For two bloody months the germans held the Allies at bay following the D-Day landings, but then they were blocked in at Falaise and the area became a killing ground. But myths have grown up around accounts of the battle, and its impact on the course of the war is sometimes misunderstood. In this meticulously researched and perceptive study Anthony Tucker-Jones dispels misconceptions about the battle, describes the combat in graphic detail and reassesses the outcome in the context of the campaign to liberate Europe.
The Destruction of Panzergruppe West, August 1944 - Falaise: The Flawed Victory #ad - Some liken the event to hitler’s defeat at Stalingrad, while others argue the victory was flawed because so many German troops escaped. He takes a broad view of the sequence of operations that culminated in the battle at Falaise, tracing the course of the campaign mainly from the German viewpoint. The destruction of the trapped german forces in the Falaise pocket in August 1944 is one of the most famous episodes of the Normandy campaign.
The 84th Infantry Division In The Battle Of Germany: November 1944-May 1945Gatling Publications #ad - Army and worked in the historical section of the 84th Infantry Division. Theodore draper’s book is a unique account of the allied invasion of Germany. In early november 1944, five months after D-Day, the “Railsplitter” division landed on Omaha beach. Through the course of the next six months it would see some of the most ferocious fighting of the entire war.
As soon as they landed they drove quickly into the Netherlands to prepare for an offensive into Nazi Germany. Their movements were dramatically altered as the German forces attempted to launch a momentous counter-offensive against the allies. His book the 84th infantry division in the battle of germany : November 1944-May 1945 was first published in 1946 and he passed away in 2006.
The 84th Infantry Division In The Battle Of Germany: November 1944-May 1945 #ad - During the second World War he was inducted into the U. He wrote many notable books during his career on a variety of subjects. The 84th division was sent to belgium to plug a gap in the Allied line and fought back against the last ditch effort of Nazi forces. Draper takes the reader through every engagement that the division took part in from the first shots fired in anger through to crossing the Rhine into Germany and finally taking Hannover and making contact with Soviet forces in May 1945.
Lt. Rather relying on secondhand stories of the division’s actions months after the events had occurred, from the commanding general to any private, Draper was encouraged to go direct to the source, to the men themselves, for the most complete, firsthand information on every action.