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AFTER D-DAY, OPERATION COBRA AND THE NORMANDY BREAKOUT. -CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT-U.S. First Army: The most thoroughly researched and detailed operational analysis of Operation Cobra yet.

Click to EnlargeAFTER D-DAY, OPERATION COBRA AND THE NORMANDY BREAKOUT. The U.S. First Army in WWII. In Operation Cobra, six U.S. divisions during six dramatic days in Normandy ended the stalemate on the western front, breaking through German defenses after seven weeks of grueling attrition warfare. After D-Day examines the experiences of U.S. soldiers in the July 25-30, 1944, Normandy campaign: their mistakes, hardships, and fears, as well as their leadership, courage, and determination.

Chronicles the torturous seven-week battle following the Allied troops' landing at Normandy. Surveys the staggering manpower and equipment used in each of the offensives, along with the mental and physical anguish suffered by many combatants

Primary FIrst Army Units covered: 1st Infantry Division 4th Infantry Division 9th Infantry Division 29th Infantry Division 30th Infantry Division 8th Infantry Regiment 12th Infantry Regiment 47th Infantry Regiment 60th Infantry Regiment 119th Infantry Regiment 120th Infantry Regiment 4th Cavalry Squadron Corps Artillery 2nd Armored Division 3rd Armored Division Drawing on original archival sources, Carafano argues that previous accounts of Operation Cobra are flawed. Standard explanations of its success—the force of air power, innovative tactics, superior logistics, the inestimable value of "citizen soldiers," hedgerow busting "rhino" tanks—are in fact myths. And serious mistakes were made: one of the most famous U.S. generals, Omar Bradley, ordered strategic bombing close to U.S. lines, a decision that led to the killing and maiming of hundreds of U.S. soldiers by "friendly fire." Nonetheless, Carafano demonstrates, "operational flexibility"—the ability of commanders to exercise effective combat leadership and take advantage of troop strengths and material advantages—resulted in Allied victory.

Lt. Col. James Jay Carafano has held a variety of command and staff positions in tactical, operational, and strategic assignments with the U.S. Army. He is Executive Editor of Joint Force Quarterly, an adjunct profesor at Georgetown University, and has taught European and military history at Mount St. Mary College, U.S. Army Field Artillery School, and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

CONTENTS:
Prologue: The Beaten Path.
THE UNIVERSE OF BATTLE, SUMMER 1944.
The Darkening Sky.

Living in Hell.
A Measure of Power.
The Essence of Decisions.
THE DAY OF INFANTRY: 25 JULY 1944.
The Firepower War.
Taking the High Ground.
Beyond the Field of White Crosses.
One Tired Division.
A CLASH OF ARMOR: 26-30 JULY 1944.
A Scheme of Maneuver.
A Tank Show, At Tank Speed.
The Battle Without Fronts.
EPILOGUE: THE AFTERMATH.
Maps and Illustrations.

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World War II
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EH-8857
Category:
Battles / Campaigns / Strategy
Media:
Hardcover book
Type:
History / Tactics / Details
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