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    vtsaogamesvtsaogames
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    I was recently in Normandy. I have books on D-Day but am now seeking pointers for a history of the whole campaign, in part to explain how the lovely town of Bayeux was abandoned without a fight by the Germans on the night of June 6.

     

    I am also looking for a history of the 28th Division. My mother-in-law’s cousin was killed by mortar fire somewhere outside St. Lo during the Mortain counter-offensive. Thanks for any pointers.

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    #123945
    MartinRMartinR
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    There are endless books on Normandy, but for a single volume overview, Decision in Normandy by Carlo D’Este.

    "Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke

    #123948
    Fredd Bloggs
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    John Keegan, 6 armies in normandy. But most of the 1 volumes do the job (avoid Ambrose). Beevor is not bad, but remember they are condensing a massive operation into a single volume.

    On 28th, cannot help.

    However if US Airborne ops interest you, All American, All the Way, chapters on their Normandy Operations are superb.

    #123976
    vtsaogamesvtsaogames
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    I have a number of Keegan’s books and feel that his best was his first. I also have Ambrose’s D-Day and noted upon my return that he says total Allied casualties on that day were 4,900. Most everyone else has a number closer to 10,000. I shall look for D’Este.

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    #123978
    Fredd Bloggs
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    Face of battle is his best by far.

    Sadly I am not sure of a 1 volume on the US side of the battle, but if you want one one the Uk/canadian/poles etc. Ken hites, stout hearts, is good.

     

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