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click to enlarge D'Este, Carlo, DECISION IN NORMANDY. E.P. Dutton, Inc., 1983. Stated First Edition but no price on dust jacket, so probably a Book Club edition. A like-NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. Photographs, notes, bibiliography, index, 555 pages. "The first full account of what actually happened in the Normandy campaign." ~~ OUT OF PRINT.

$25.00



click to enlarge Carafano, James Jay, AFTER D-DAY: Operation Cobra and the Normandy Breakout. NF/NF. A quarter-sized area of slight discoloration on rear end-page, otherwise book is in new condition. Tables, maps, notes, bibliography, index, 294 pages.
~~~ From Booknews: "After the D-Day landing in Normandy, Allied forces were stopped cold by German resistance. Finally, US troops smashed through the German wall of fire and opened the road to Berlin. Carafano demonstrates that what carried the battle was effective leadership by field grade and junior officers as well as sergeants and privates, who seized initiative and took decisive action to exploit sudden battlefield opportunities. Combat narratives are illuminated by eyewitness reports. Carafano has held a variety of positions with the US Army."
~~~ OUT OF PRINT.

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click to enlarge Lodieu, Didier. DYING FOR SAINT-LO: Hedgerow Hell, July 1944. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. Color & black & white illustrations throughout, including 300 previously unpublished photos. (Histoire & Collections, 2007). 9.5x12.5, 176 pages.
~~~ From 5 to 20 July 1944 American invasion forces ran into fierce resistance around the French town of Saint-Lô, an important railway and road communications center in Normandy.
~~~ As well as the Heer divisions such as the Panzer Lehr, GIs had to fight the redoubtable paratroopers and Waffen-SS who made them pay a heavy price for each hedgerow and each village they managed to take.
~~~ A self-taught historian, Didier Lodieu is the author of several works on the Battle of Normandy, of which he is one of the foremost specialists in France. By going through unit logbooks, contacting veterans, and by conducting research in the field, Didier Lodieu gives us an accurate story of the Battle for Saint-Lô, illustrated with almost 300 previously unpublished photos.

$44.95





click to enlarge Lodieu, Didier. OPERATION GOODWOOD: Normandy, July 1944. NEW copy, PAPERBACK. Plans, maps, full-color armor profiles & numerous previously unpublished photos. (Histoire & Collections, 2008). 8x9.5, 84 pages.
~~~ From July 18 - 20, 1944, British and Canadian forces launched Operation Goodwood in order finally to capture Caen and push the Germans back towards the south, beyond Bourguébus.
~~~ Among the armored divisions engaged in the fighting, the book follows the British 11th Armoured Division in particular. In four days, the English advanced over six miles and destroyed more than 100 German tanks but at a cost of 5,500 men and 413 tanks destroyed.
~~~ Didier Lodieu is a recognized specialist of the Battle of Normandy and is the author of a number of works on this period. He gives us a different perspective on Operation Goodwood by following the Guards Armoured Division.
~~~ The book contains numerous plans and maps and is richly illustrated with many often previously unpublished photographs together with full color armor profiles.

$19.95





click to enlarge Reynolds, Michael. EAGLES AND BULLDOGS IN NORMANDY. NEW copy, PAPERBACK. (Pen & Sword, 2010). 32 pages of b&w plates, 18 maps. 6x9, 272 pages.
~~~ This is the story of the two divisions: the American 29th and the British 3rd. After describing the agonies suffered by the Americans on Omaha, and the difficulties that face the British in overcoming strong points at Sword Beach on D-Day, the author traces both divisions as they try to break through the German defences.
~~~ It was to take the GI’s nearly six weeks to reach their objective, whilst the Tommies were forced into a concurrent holding operation redolent of the trench warfare experience of World War One. The main part of Caen, the central communication point and respective objective was eventually captured on the 9th July, but by this point, the two Allied divisions had suffered more than 10,000 casualties, and several thousands of French civilians had been killed.

$19.95





click to enlarge Reynolds, Michael. EAGLES AND BULLDOGS IN NORMANDY, 1944: The American 29th Division from Omaha to St. Lo; The British 3rd Division from Sword to Caen. NEW copy, PAPERBACK. (Casemate, 2003). 16 pages of b&w photos. 6x9, 224 pages.
~~~ This is the story of the two divisions: the American 29th and the British 3rd. After describing the agonies suffered by the Americans on Omaha, and the difficulties that face the British in overcoming strong points at Sword Beach on D-Day, the author traces both divisions as they try to break through the German defences.
~~~ It was to take the GI’s nearly six weeks to reach their objective, whilst the Tommies were forced into a concurrent holding operation redolent of the trench warfare experience of World War One. The main part of Caen, the central communication point and respective objective was eventually captured on the 9th July, but by this point, the two Allied divisions had suffered more than 10,000 casualties, and several thousands of French civilians had been killed.

$32.95





click to enlarge Saunders, Tim. HILL 112: The Battle of the Odon. NEW copy, PAPERBACK. (Pen & Sword, 2008). Part of the "Battleground Europe" series. Illustrated. 5.5x8.5, 160 pages.
~~~ Over a month after the D-Day landings the Allies were still confined to the Normandy peninsula. The German line was anchored by the medieval town of Caen, which the British were supposed to have occupied on D-Day. The key to capturing Caen was Hill 112, known to the Germans as "Kalverienberg" (or "Mount Calvary").
~~~ Under pressure from Churchill, Montgomery launched a major offensive. Unfortunately, German reinforcements delayed by Allied bombing were now arriving in the Caen area. The British found themselves facing no less than four SS divisions, the 1st, 2nd, 9th and 10th and the Tigers of the 502nd SS Heavy Panzer Regiment. An all-out Allied effort, including heavy bombers and naval bombardment, was required to secure the final victory.
~~~ This new addition to the Battleground Europe series details all the action around Hill 112. Numerous illustrations and maps complement the lively text.

$17.00





click to enlarge Tucker-Jones, Anthony. THE FLAWED VICTORY: The Destruction of Panzergruppe West, August 1944. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Pen & Sword, 2008). 50 b&w photos. 6x9, 272 pages.
~~~ The destruction of the trapped German forces in the Falaise pocket in August 1944 is one of the most famous episodes of the Normandy campaign. But myths have grown up around accounts of the battle, and its impact on the course of the war is sometimes misunderstood. In this meticulously researched and perceptive study Anthony Tucker-Jones dispels misconceptions about the battle, describes the combat in graphic detail and reassesses the outcome in the context of the campaign to liberate Europe.
~~~ He takes a broad view of the sequence of operations that culminated in the battle at Falaise, tracing the course of the campaign mainly from the German viewpoint. For two bloody months the Germans held the Allies at bay following the D-Day landings, but then they were blocked in at Falaise and the area became a killing ground.
~~~ Some liken the event to Hitler’s defeat at Stalingrad, while others argue the victory was flawed because so many German troops escaped.

$32.95





click to enlarge Whitlock, Flint. IF CHAOS REIGNS: The Near-Disaster and Ultimate Triumph of the Allied Airborne Forces on D-Day, June 6, 1944. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Casemate, 2011). Illustrated. 6x9, 352 pages.
~~~ “Gentlemen, do not be daunted if chaos reigns; it undoubtedly will.” So said Brigadier S. James Hill, commanding officer of the British 3rd Parachute Brigade, in an address to his troops shortly before the launching of Operation Overlord—the D-Day invasion of Normandy. No more prophetic words were ever spoken, for chaos indeed reigned on that day, and many more that followed.
~~~ Much has been written about the Allied invasion of France, but award-winning military historian Flint Whitlock has put together a unique package—the first history of the assault that concentrates exclusively on the activities of the American, British, and Canadian airborne forces that descended upon Normandy in the dark, pre-dawn hours of 6 June 1944. Landing into the midst of the unknown, the airborne troops found themselves fighting for their lives on every side in the very jaws of the German defenses, while striving to seize their own key objectives in advance of their seaborne comrades to come.
~~~ Whitlock details the formation, recruitment, training, and deployment of the Allies’ parachute and glider troops. First-person accounts by the veterans who were there—from paratroopers to glidermen to the pilots who flew them into the battle, as well as the commanders (Eisenhower, Taylor, Ridgway, Gavin, and more)—make for compelling, “you-are-there” reading. If Chaos Reigns is a fitting tribute to the men who rode the wind into battle and managed to pull victory out of confusion, chaos, and almost certain defeat.
~~~ Author/military historian Flint Whitlock graduated from the Army's Airborne School at Ft. Benning, GA, in 1965 and spent five years on active duty, including a combat tour in Vietnam. He is the author of nine books, six of which are about World War II, and is currently the editor of WWII Quarterly. He has appeared in documentaries on The History Channel and on the Fox Channel's "War Stories with Oliver North," and now lives in Denver, CO.

$29.95






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