The German retreat from Normandy – Then and Now
Autore: Jean Paul Pallud
Oltre 1.000 foto nel consueto stile “Then and Now” in questo volume dedicato alla ritirata dei tedeschi dalla Normandia e dalla Francia a seguito dello sbarco alleato nel giugno 1944. Le immagini illustrano che nonostante la perdita di circa 300.000 uomini e le notevoli difficoltà incontrate (comunicazioni praticamente inesistenti, strade impraticabili, ecc.), all’inizio di settembre 1944 le forze tedesche erano nuovamente organizzate e in grado di affrontare gli Alleati lungo i 650 chilometri dalla Svizzera al Mare del Nord.
Following the successful landing by the Allied armies in Normandy in June 1944, Hitler's forces battled for two months to contain the bridgehead. However, when his last-ditch attempt to recover the initiative with Operation Lüttich - the counter-attack from Mortain on August 7 - failed, it was an implied admission that his armies in the West had been defeated. From that starting point, Jean Paul Pallud takes up the story, following in the footsteps of the Germans as they retreat across France. The next days and weeks were ones of confusion for the German command with staffs and technical services dispersed; command and communication virtually non-existent; roads congested and strafed, and directives to build new stop-lines almost immediately rendered obsolete by the flow of events . . . all within a matter of a few days. Although the Germans lost nearly 300,000 men during the retreat - either killed, wounded, missing, or taken prisoner - nevertheless it was not necessarily an Allied victory as by the beginning of September German forces had turned round and were once more standing firm, this time along the 650 kilometres between Switzerland and the North Sea. This, then, is that story . . . told through hundreds of 'then and now' comparison photographs by the author, and which includes some quite amazing discoveries that he made along the way.
1.000 foto in bianco e nero