Battle Zone Normandy, Hardback

Battle Zone Normandy Hardback

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The landing beach closest to Normandy's largest port, Cherbourg, and 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, the 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.

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  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 192 pages, 130 illustrations, (65 colour )
  • Publisher: The History Press Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9780750930130

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