Blood and Steel: The Wehrmacht Archive, Normandy 1944

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Frontline Books, Nov 30, 2013 - History - 256 pages
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Ordered by Hitler 'to hold, or to die' and to fight 'to the last grenade and round', the German army was a formidable opponent during the 1944 Normandy campaign. This book depicts the experience of that army in Normandy through its own records and documentation.??Blood and Steel, The Wehrmacht Archive : Normandy 1944 is an informative and colourful collection of translated original orders, diaries, letters, after action reports, and even jokes, as well as Allied technical evaluations of German weapons, vehicles and equipment and transcripts of prisoner of war interrogations. The translations also feature comments from wartime Allied intelligence officers which provide an insight into how the German army was regarded by its opponents at the time.??As you read the landser''s letters to wives and families in Germany, his forbidden diaries, his gripes about food, officers, and shortages of just about everything, the daily life of the German soldier in the long and bloody summer of 1944 will come to life. You will also learn from official documents about his superiors' efforts to cope with Allied air and artillery superiority, create new tactical methods for all arms and maintain discipline in the face of overwhelming odds with both exaggerated claims of miraculous new 'Vengeance Weapons' and threats of the ultimate sanction for desertion or surrender.

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The German Experience of Battle Formations and Units
Defending Normandy Extracts from the Telephone Log of Seventh Army and Fifth Panzer Army June July and August 1944
The German Experience of Battle Soldiers Diaries and Memories
The Individual Soldiers Experience Letters to and from Home
Tactics General Directions
Infantry Weapons and Tactics
AntiTank and Artillery Weapons and Tactics
Armoured Vehicles and Tactics
The Training of Senior Officers
Shortages of Medical Supplies Weapons and Equipment
Discipline Morale Propaganda and Tensions Between the Army and the SS
Casualties and Casualty Replacement
The Effects of Allied Artillery and Air Bombardment
Miscellaneous and Humour Such as it Was
The Wehrmacht Retreats from Dieppe August 1944 A French View
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Allied Evaluations of German Armoured Vehicles Weapons and Tactics

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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.

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