The Allied invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944 was undeniably a pivotal turning point of World War II. The unprecedented landing on France’s coast had been meticulously planned for three years, and the Allies expected a quick and decisive victory over German forces. To their surprise, however, the process took much longer than originally anticipated.
While there is ample literature about D-Day, little has been written about this crucial period—from August to September, 1944—in which the Allies struggled to gain a firm advantage. In Rückzug, Joachim Ludewig draws on military records from both sides to offer a detailed look at the Wehrmacht’s retreat from France. As he shows, a quick victory was hindered by a series of missed opportunities, excessive caution, and a lack of strategic boldness on the part of the Allies. As for the Germans, they exhibited great tactical skill and energy, and were able to take advantage of the Allies’ hesitation to regroup and strengthen their western front.
This intriguing study, translated from German, not only examines a significant and often overlooked phase of the war, but also offers a valuable account of the conflict from the perspective of the German forces.
Hardcover Book : 512 pages
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky ( September 27, 2012 )
Item #: 13-670204
Product Dimensions: 6.0 x 9.0 inches
Product Weight: 23.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)