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Normandy 1944: The Battle of the Hedgerows Simon Forty

Normandy 1944: The Battle of the Hedgerows By Simon Forty

Normandy 1944: The Battle of the Hedgerows by Simon Forty


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Photographic history of a key stage in 1944 Normandy campaign.

Normandy 1944: The Battle of the Hedgerows Summary

Normandy 1944: The Battle of the Hedgerows: Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives by Simon Forty

Just as the Anglo-Canadian forces in the east found it difficult to advance beyond Caen after D-Day, so the US First Army laboured 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 captionedi?1/2wartime 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 defence. 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, machineguns 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-Li?1/2.

About Simon Forty

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.

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NGR9781526723710
9781526723710
1526723719
Normandy 1944: The Battle of the Hedgerows: Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives by Simon Forty
New
Paperback
Pen & Sword Books Ltd
2018-05-02
144
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