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Blood and Steel: The Wehrmacht Archive: Normandy 1944, Donald E. Graves

Blood and Steel: The Wehrmacht Archive: Normandy 1944, Donald E. Graves

Blood and Steel: The Wehrmacht Archive: Normandy 1944, Donald E. Graves

Blood and Steel: The Wehrmacht Archive: Normandy 1944, Donald E. Graves

This book is based on the intelligence summaries created by the First Canadian Army during the campaign in Normandy and northern France. At its heart is a large collection of captured German material. This covers a very wide range of topics, including official tactical doctrine, weapon instructions, letters and diaries captured by the allies, and Allied intelligence reports and summaries.

The weapon instructions give us an insight into the way the Germans saw their own equipment. There is a document on the correct way to use the Panther tank which mentions the comparative vulnerability of the side armour, the need for flanking protection and its heavy fuel consumption, twice that of the Panzer III or Panzer IV and something that had to be considered before any use of the Panther in combat.

The impact of Allied air power and the dominance of the British artillery are constant themes, making movement difficult, and forcing the Germans to camouflage everything - there is even an instruction to make sure that horses were dug in.

Mixed in amongst the signs of imminent collapse is the timetable for a General Staff course that started in August 1944 and would have stretched into 1946 if it hadn’t been cut short at the start of 1945.

This is a fascinating collection of documents, providing a really valuable view of the German army during the battles in Normandy, a period when it came under very heavy pressure and eventually broke.

Chapters
1 - The German Experience of Battle - Formations and Units
2 - Defending Normandy - Extracts from the Telephone Log of Seventh Army and Fifth Panzer Army, June, July and August 1944
3 - The German Experience of Battle - Soldier's Diaries and Memories
4 - The Individual Soldier's Experience - Letters to and from Home
5 - Tactics - General Directions
6 - Infantry Weapons and Tactics
7 - Anti-Tank and Artillery Weapons and Tactics
8 - Armoured Vehicles and Tactics
9 - Allied Evaluation of German Armoured Vehicles, Weapons and Tactics
10 - The Training of Senior Officers
11 - Shortages of Medical Supplies, Weapons and Equipment
12 - Discipline, Morale, Propaganda and Tensions Between the Army and the SS
13 - Casualties and Casualty Replacement
14 - The Effects of Allied Artillery and Air Bombardment
15 - Miscellaneous and Humour (Such as it Was)
Epilogue - The Wehrmacht Retreats from Dieppe, August 1945 - A French View

Author: Donald E. Graves
Edition: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Publisher: Frontline
Year: 20



Blood and Steel 2: The Wehrmacht Archive: Retreat to the Reich, September to December 1944 Kindle Edition

Ȭhapter 8 is particularly interesting: bits and pieces on the creation of new German divisions after the Falaise pocket and before the Bulge. Chapter 6 (Armor Tactics) and Chapter 7 (Infantry Tactics) were also enlightening in an anecdotal way. Enjoyed it."--Historical Miniatures Gaming Society

"Prepare yourself for another extraordinary in depth journey into the psyche and mind set of the German Wehrmacht and ordinary people. Seen through the eyes of allied intelligence and reinforced with a plethora of captured and intercepted documents as the entire army front withdrew into its own Reich borders during the often fierce fighting of late 1944. From captured letters home to loved ones, POW Soldaten diary extracts, home front radio broadcasts and opinions of those German Volk under occupation to Divisional front reports, German newspaper headlines and high command battle orders amongst many other sources provide a wealth of information and context to explore what the Germans really thought of the Allies and their views of events surrounding the great retreat to the Reich's fatherland!"--Grossdeutschland Aufklärungsgruppe

"Provided a good sampling of both the state of affairs of the German Armed forces in late 1944 and Germany as a whole at the same time."--Military Review


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Blood and Steel: The Wehrmacht Archive: Normandy 1944, Donald E. Graves - History

Overwhelmed by the strength of the Allied air and ground forces, following the D-Day landings and subsequent bitter fighting in Normandy, the Germans were compelled to abandon their efforts to hold France and much of the Low Countries and retreat to the Rhine.

The Wehrmacht Archive helps reveal the experience of German soldiers and armed forces personnel as they withdrew through a remarkable collection of translated original orders, diaries, letters, after-action reports and other documentation.

The book also draws upon Allied technical evaluations of weapons, vehicles and equipment, as well as transcripts of prisoner of war interrogations. The reader will learn from official documents about the Germans' efforts to cope with Allied air and artillery superiority, create new tactical methods for all arms and maintain discipline in the face of superior numbers.

About The Author

DONALD E. GRAVES is one of Canada’s best-known military historians and the author or editor of more than twenty books dealing primarily with early nineteenth-century conflict and Second World War land and naval subjects. Amongst his more recent publications is Dragon Rampant, a history of the Royal Welch Fusiliers in the Napoleonic Wars. Donald E. Graves’ first volume in The Wehrmacht Archive – Normandy 1944 – received highly favourable reviews.

REVIEWS

"Prepare yourself for another extraordinary in depth journey into the psyche and mind set of the German Wehrmacht and ordinary people. Seen through the eyes of allied intelligence and reinforced with a plethora of captured and intercepted documents as the entire army front withdrew into its own Reich borders during the often fierce fighting of late 1944. From captured letters home to loved ones, POW Soldaten diary extracts, home front radio broadcasts and opinions of those German Volk under occupation to Divisional front reports, German newspaper headlines and high command battle orders amongst many other sources provide a wealth of information and context to explore what the Germans really thought of the Allies and their views of events surrounding the great retreat to the Reich's fatherland!"

- Grossdeutschland Aufklärungsgruppe

"Provided a good sampling of both the state of affairs of the German Armed forces in late 1944 and Germany as a whole at the same time."

- Military Review

&ldquoChapter 8 is particularly interesting: bits and pieces on the creation of new German divisions after the Falaise pocket and before the Bulge. Chapter 6 (Armor Tactics) and Chapter 7 (Infantry Tactics) were also enlightening in an anecdotal way. Enjoyed it.&rdquo

- Historical Miniatures Gaming Society

Produktinformation

  • Herausgeber &rlm : &lrm Pen & Sword Books Ltd Illustrated Edition (2. Juni 2015)
  • Sprache &rlm : &lrm Englisch
  • Gebundene Ausgabe &rlm : &lrm 256 Seiten
  • ISBN-10 &rlm : &lrm 1848328516
  • ISBN-13 &rlm : &lrm 978-1848328518
  • Abmessungen &rlm : &lrm 15.49 x 2.54 x 23.62 cm
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    Witnessing Tragedy

    Once on the ground, some of the men watched the death of their comrades.

    Robert Flory: “I saw one plane take a direct hit and explode in mid-air.”

    Leslie Cruise: “Occasionally one large flash appeared and I saw a plane silhouetting earthward. ‘Oh, my God,’ I thought. ‘There goes a whole planeload of guys.’”

    Donald Burgett: “Another plane came in low and diagonally over the field. The big ship was silhouetted against the lighter sky with long tongues of exhaust flame flashing along either side of the body. Streams of tracers from several machine guns flashed upward to converge on it. Then I saw vague, shadowy figures of troops plunging downward. Their chutes were pulling out the pack trays and just starting to unfurl when they hit the ground. Seventeen men hit before their chutes had time to open. They made a sound like large ripe pumpkins being thrown down to burst against the ground.”

    The WW2 paratroopers who survived their harrowing experiences now gathered themselves and set off to find and engage the enemy. The amphibious forces would be arriving in less than six hours.


    Published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1944

    Used - Hardcover
    Condition: Very Good

    Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. 22 x 17 cm. 146pp. Printed as a pamphlet, this copy has been rebound in boards with the front cover of the pamphlet pasted onto the boards. Previous owner's name onn front free endpaper. Some rubbing to the cloth spine. Extensively illustrated. Prepared for the Ministry of War Transport by the Ministry of Information.

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