BATTLE OF THE HEDGEROWS: BRADLEY'S FIRST ARMY IN NORMANDY, JUNE-JULY 1944. This account follows the vicious post-D-Day battles fought by the U.S. First Army amid the hedges, ditches and earthen walls of inland France. Although the Germans defenders were both outnumbered and outgunned, they had a crucial tactical advantage: fortified enclosures surrounded Hedgerows! Each field and overlooking hedgerow was turned into a defensive position for the Nazi's artillery, machineguns, and mortars. The fighting consisted of thousands of bloody field-by-field infantry battles.
Illustrated throughout with easy to read battle maps and over 100 archival photographs accompanied by firsthand accounts.
--An account of one of the bloodiest months in U.S. military history.
--First-hand accounts from veterans of both sides.
--Comprehensive U.S. and German Orders of Battle and casualty statistics.
--Color maps of the campaign in the Normandy hedgerows.
--Over 100 photographs of the Normandy fighting.
Combat operations of both American and German units are identified. U.S. Divisions include 1st Infantry Division, 2nd Infantry Division, 4th Infantry Division, 8th Infantry Division, 9th Infantry Division, 29th Infantry Division, 30th Infantry Division, 35th Infantry Division, 79th Infantry Division, 82nd Airborne Division, 90th Infantry Division, 101st Airborne Division, 3rd Armored Division, 4th Armored Division.
This is a riveting account of war at its most basic level, where in a span of 17 days the First Army suffered 40,000 casualties in a seven-mile advance.
Hardbound, 7 3/4 x 10 1/4, 224 pages, 120 b&w illustrations
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