Battle Zone Normandy
By (author) Stephen Badsey
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Battle Zone Normandy by Stephen Badsey
Book DescriptionUnique among the D-Day landing beaches in its dangers, Utah Beach saw the US Army's greatest success, namely landing with the fewest casualties of any of the Allied invasion beaches. The landing beach closest to Normandy's largest port, Cherbourg, regarded by the Germans as the most important Allied objective, Utah was isolated from the other D-Day beaches, meaning that that troops landing there would have to fight alone until a link-up could be achieved. Accordingly, US First Army committed a powerful landing force, preceded by a night parachute and glider assault, part of the largest night drop ever mounted. Despite wide scattering, the airborne troops secured the critical communications centre of Ste Mere Eglise on D-Day, the first village in Normandy to be liberated. Supported by a devastating air and naval bombardment, although landing on the wrong beach in bad weather, 4th Infantry Division took only 197 casualties out of 23,000 troops that landed on D-Day, and by the early afternoon had begun to link up with the first of the paratroopers. In a fragmented battle fought in swamps and hedgerows, stubborn German defence prevented US VII Corps from achieving all its D-Day objectives.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780750930130
(234mm x 156mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Sutton Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 31-Mar-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Stephen Badsey
British Army in Battle and Its Image, 1914-18, Paperback (October 2011)
A detailed analysis of the strategy undertaken by the British Army during WWI.
D-Day: Omaha Beach, Hardback (February 2011)
Infantry Divisions led the assault on Omaha Beach, the most strongly defended of the all invasion beaches. Supporting Allied bombers had mostly missed their targets, the offshore naval bombardment was hampered by poor visibility, and many elements of the first assault waves were swamped or sank, including amphibious tanks.
British Army in Battle and Its Image 1914-18, Hardback (June 2009)
Just as the battles of the First World War raged, so does the debate among historians about the rights, wrongs, judgements and misjudgements by those key players in the War on both sides. This book examines the strategic issues. It presents an analysis of the strategy undertaken by the British Army during WWI.
Doctrine and Reform in the British Cavalry 1880-1918, Hardback (July 2008)» View all books by Stephen Badsey
Shows how, despite serious attempts to 'learn from history', both European-style wars and colonial wars produced ambiguous or disputed evidence as to the future of cavalry. This book offers a case-study of how in reality a practical military doctrine was developed and modified according to circumstances.
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Author Biography - Stephen Badsey
Dr Stephen Badsey MA, FRHist is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of War Studies at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. He has authored, edited or contributed to over fifty books and articles on military history and history. A regular visitor to the Normandy battlefields, he has written or contributed to many previous works on the battle of Normandy and has led many battlefield tours.
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