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Fighting the Invasion (Paperback)

The German Army at D-Day

Military > Greenhill Books WWII > Battles & Campaigns > D-Day & Normandy

By Günter Blumentritt, Alfred Jodl, Wilhelm Keitel, Freiherr Von Luttwitz, Walter Warlimont, Edited by David C Isby
Greenhill Books
Pages: 240
Illustrations: 16 pages of plates
ISBN: 9781805000518
Published: 23rd May 2024

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“The planned landing operation in France of the Allies was on so large a scale – and of such decisive importance – that the preparations for it could certainly not be kept secret…Everyone realized that, sooner or later, the invasion would have to become a reality.” – Generalmajor Rudolf, Freiherr von Gersdorff.

In June 1944, Allied troops were massing along the shores of southern England in readiness for the invasion of Hitler's Fortress Europe. Facing them, from the Pas de Calais to Brittany, were German troops, dug in, waiting and preparing for the inevitable confrontation.

This compilation of in-depth accounts by German commanders presents D-Day, and the events leading up to it, from the point of view of the officers entrusted with preventing the Allied landings. The accounts selected, all written soon after the war's close for American military intelligence, cover preparations for the invasion and chart the development of German strategy as invasion looms. They then turn to the ordeal of D-Day itself including reactions to the first reports of troop landings and a blow-by-blow account of the fighting.

Together, they present a superb picture of D-Day from the German perspective, bringing home the entire experience from the initial waiting to the bitter fighting on the beaches and running battles in Norman villages.

This book offers the reader a somewhat eclectic mix of accounts from German senior officers, written postwar, setting out their recollections and analyses of the preparations for the anticipated allied landings and how the events of 5,6 and 7 June actually unfolded. The accounts are necessarily partisan, written with the benefit of hindsight and, often, making a case as to why the failure of the German defence was someone else’s fault - particularly Hitler’s. Despite these acknowledged weaknesses, the accounts reveal how the allied landings were fortunate not to encounter the German army at a peak of preparedness and equipped with adequate men and matériel. The resourcefulness of German forces when it came to counter attack is highlighted as is the cost this imposed on the allied armies in the fighting in the Normandy bocage.

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About David C Isby

David Isby is a renowned military historian. He has edited Greenhill Books titles including Fighting the Invasion, Fighting the Breakout, Fighting in Normandy, Fighting the Bombers and The Luftwaffe Fighter Force.

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