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CLAY PIGEONS OF ST. LO. 115th Infantry, 29th Infantry Division. A graphic account of 30 days of exciting and victorious combat filled with fast moving action and powerful emotionalism in the bloody battle to capture St. Lo.
THE CLAY PIGEONS OF ST. LO, by Glover S. Johns, Jr., with a new foreword by Joseph Balkoski. Originally published in 1958 and now available for the first time in paperback, this classic of modern military history tells the exciting true story of the fall of Saint Lo, he first major objective of the invading American armies in Normandy in June of 1944. Although St. Lo was intended to be taken within days of the landing, stubborn German resistance postponed the town's fall until July 18.
The author describes the bloody action that took place in the thirty days in between as he led his battalion-dubbed 'The Indestructible Clay Pigeons'-through the daunting combat. 800 men of the 1st Battalion fought yard-by-yard, suffering terrible casualties, during a month-long battle in a 6-square mile area of Normandy.
About the Author:
"Col. Glover S. Johns, Jr., was a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, Class of 1931. In 1943, while serving as Military Attache in Costa Rica, he applied for an assignment in the European theater, where he served with the 29th Infantry Division. Johns was awarded the Silver Star and Bronze Star Medals, each with Oak Leaf Cluster, as well as the Purple Heart. Joseph Balkoski is a historian specializing in the history of D-Day and the Normany campaign during World War II. He is the author of Beyond the Beachhead: The 29th Infantry Division in Normandy