DEFENDING NORMANDY Vol.1A
DEFENDING NORMANDY Vol.1A
DEFENDING NORMANDY Vol.1A
DEFENDING NORMANDY Vol.1A
DEFENDING NORMANDY Vol.1A
DEFENDING NORMANDY Vol.1A
DEFENDING NORMANDY Vol.1A
DEFENDING NORMANDY Vol.1A
DEFENDING NORMANDY Vol.1A
DEFENDING NORMANDY Vol.1A

DEFENDING NORMANDY Vol.1A

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DEFENDING NORMANDY Vol.1A

German Chain of Command, LXXXIV. A.K. & Infantry Divisions on the Cotentin




Author:Niels Henkemans
Language:English text
Format:Hardcover
Dimensions:8.5" x 11" landscape
Pages:272 pages
Photos:66 plus wartime photos
Maps:47
Tables of Equipment:17
Publisher:Panzerwrecks
ISBN:9781908032256
Item No. 9781908032256




The battle for the Cotentin peninsula began on D-Day and witnessed some of the most intense fighting of the Normandy campaign, with heavy losses on both sides. The vital port of Cherbourg was liberated in late June, but the battle to clear the peninsula continued well into July.

This six-week battle of attrition set the stage for the decisive American breakout from the Bocage yet has been largely overlooked. Indeed, the German forces involved have never before been adequately studied. By analysing German records, accounts, and Allied intelligence, Niels Henkemans reconstructs the battle through the eyes of the units involved.

The first in a multi-volume series, Defending Normandy Vol.1A looks at the role of the LXXXIV. A.K. in the evolution of the defence of Normandy, starting in 1941. It also examines infantry divisions in general and two in particular during the fighting in the summer of 1944. By focusing on formations, the series provides a deeper insight into the fighting than can be achieved by a traditional campaign approach. Vol.1B will continue with four more divisions.

Defending Normandy offers the reader unprecedented detail on the formations discussed. Every unit’s organisation, equipment, pre-invasion history, and tactical role on the Cotentin are scrutinised. Dozens of maps, photographs, and graphics accompany this unique unit-based exploration of the Cotentin campaign.

“One of the most significant reference works ever to appear about the Normandy campaign. The series is a remarkable achievement in terms of its depth and breadth of research. Anybody who is serious about wanting to understand the German perspective on the Normandy campaign will find it an indispensable addition to their collection.” Dr Simon Trew, former head of the Department of War Studies, The Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst

“80 years after D-Day, and the history of the German side has been burdened by myths and inaccuracies. Niels Henkemans has not only dished the myths, he has also set a new benchmark in the research of military operations and the study of fighting forces. This book is for both the general reader and the specialist.” Dr Philip W Blood, author of Birds of Prey and Hitler’s Bandit Hunters