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The Americans from Normandy to the German Border (Paperback)

August to mid-December 1944

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By Dr Brooke S Blades
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Images of War
Pages: 204
Illustrations: 250
ISBN: 9781526756725
Published: 4th September 2019


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This classic Images of War book takes up the story of the massive American contribution to the campaign in north West Europe during the autumn and early winter of 1944.

Following the dramatic breakout from the Normandy bridgehead, events moved fast with the liberation of Paris quickly following and the Allies closed in on the German border.

But the apparent collapse of the Nazis was illusory. As lines of communication lengthened and German resistance stiffened, the Allied High Command was divided on the right strategy. The ill-fated Operation Market Garden brought home the reality that the war would continue into 1945. The Siegfried Line was penetrated and Aachen fell but the American First Army suffered heavy casualties in the Hurtgen Forest. As winter set in, the third Army crossed the Moselle River and into the Saar. The stage was set for the costliest battle in American history – the Bulge, to be covered in the Third and final volume of this trilogy.

With his superb collection of images and grasp of the historic significance of the actions so graphically described, Brooke Blades’ latest book will be appreciated by all with an interest in the final stages of the Second World War.

So to sum up, Pen & Sword have given us another excellent resource as modelers to inspire and motivate new ideas for vignettes and dioramas. It was difficult to choose from just a few images from the 250 in the book– all are quite amazing and very few are common ones you would see opening any WWII history book. It is a valuable addition to the bookshelf for any history buff of the Allied actions in the ETO and on the modeling desk for those shiny new Shermans coming out from Meng and others…or even just to dust off one from the stash and build with a renewed vigor. Well done Dr. Blades!

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Big Daddy Modeler

The archive images are well chosen and this is another good Images of War title, so the final part of the trilogy is one to look forward to.

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Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland

The second of three books, following the Americans from Normandy to the Ardennes, covering the period from the break-out of the beachhead in August 1944 to early December. At just over 200 pages, this is one of the larger entries in the Images of War series, and chronicles their progress across the entire front with a superb collection of high quality photographs, each accompanied by detailed notes, and vividly showing the intensity of the fighting with a number of truly excellent images of American troops in action. The chapters single out several key engagements for particular attention, including the Falaise Pocket, the liberation of Paris, the difficult fighting to breach the Siegfried Line around Aachen, and the subsequently bloody Battle of Hürtgen Forest. Although a predominantly British operation, it also extensively covers Operation Market Garden and the brilliant actions of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions.

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Pegasus Archive

A book that combines beautiful and meaningful photos with an accurate and exciting narration. Another book that cannot be missed in the shelves of history buffs of the Second World War.

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Old Barbed Wire Blog

FOLLOWING their heroics at the Normandy Landings, a stunning new book captures the fierce resistance the Allied Forces came up against whilst pushing the Nazis out of France.

The Sun

Following their heroics at the Normandy Landings, a series of haunting images have captured the fierce resistance the Allied Forces faced as they attempted to push the Nazis out of France.

Mail Online

About Dr Brooke S Blades

Dr Brooke Blades is an archaeologist and historian whose research has included examinations of sites from the Second World War in France, Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg. An interest in Normandy first emerged during a visit in 1986 and has expanded greatly beyond an initial focus on documenting the landscape of Omaha Beach. This is the third and final volume in his Americans in NW Europe 1944-45 series. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, daughter Emma and three cats.

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