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The Battle for the Cotentin Peninsula (Hardback)

9 – 19 June 1944

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By Georges Bernage
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 152
ISBN: 9781473857636
Published: 5th February 2018

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In June 1944, the Americans left the Sainte-Mère-Eglise and Utah Beach bridgehead and crossed the Merderet river to the Chaussée de la Fiere, taking Picauville on 10 June. Their advance was slowed following the failure of the 90th Infantry Division, but they were able to take Pont-l'Abbe on 12 June and Saint-Sauveur-le-Vicomte 16 June. Two days later they cut the Cotentin peninsula at Barneville, before heading north towards Cherbourg.

As well as authentic eyewitness testimony, the book also acts as a field guide, including maps and both comtemporary and modern photographs.

The author achieves a pleasing book, with well-written text, good maps (some even have scales!), and excellent photographs.

This title definitely makes the most of its pages.

Miniature Wargames, June 2018 – reviewed by Chris Jarvis

Editor's Choice

Full of detail, action and interest, this is a highly recommended title for those interested in the aftermath of D-Day.

The Armourer, June 2018

Highly respected Normandy expert Georges Bernage assesses the liberation of the Cotentin by the Americans. What a fabulous book highlighting a very neglected part of the Normandy Campaign. Seen rather as a sideshow the US Army found itself fighting a two front war as it sought to take Cherbourg to the north while holding the Germans at bay to the south. The significance of the battle was completely lost after the Germans trashed Cherbourg harbour. What I particularly liked about this detailed step by step guide to the fighting is the comprehensive approach to the photos. This is clearly a must for Normandy buffs like myself.

Anthony Tucker-Jones, Author

I have read a good number of books on the Normandy campaign by Georges Bernard and I have never been disappointed. He is knowledgeable and has a clear fascination for his subject which shines through. Definitely one to recommend for anyone with an interest in the Normandy campaign of 1944.

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About Georges Bernage

The historian Georges Bernage is one of France's premier experts on the 1944 Normandy Invasion. He has published over forty books on the subject since 1978.

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