Blood and Steel: The Wehrmacht Archive, Normandy 1944

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Frontline Books, Nov 30, 2013 - History - 256 pages
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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Contents

The German Experience of Battle Formations and Units
1
Defending Normandy Extracts from the Telephone Log of Seventh Army and Fifth Panzer Army June July and August 1944
44
The German Experience of Battle Soldiers Diaries and Memories
86
The Individual Soldiers Experience Letters to and from Home
105
Tactics General Directions
117
Infantry Weapons and Tactics
121
AntiTank and Artillery Weapons and Tactics
129
Armoured Vehicles and Tactics
137
The Training of Senior Officers
166
Shortages of Medical Supplies Weapons and Equipment
178
Discipline Morale Propaganda and Tensions Between the Army and the SS
187
Casualties and Casualty Replacement
205
The Effects of Allied Artillery and Air Bombardment
214
Miscellaneous and Humour Such as it Was
222
The Wehrmacht Retreats from Dieppe August 1944 A French View
226
Back Cover
228

Allied Evaluations of German Armoured Vehicles Weapons and Tactics
153

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