Defending Normandy Vol.1: German Chain of Command, LXXXIV AK. & Infantry Divisions
The battle for the Cotentin peninsula began on D-Day and witnessed some of the most intense fighting of the Normandy campaign, with heavy losses on both sides. The vital port of Cherbourg was liberated in late June, but the battle to clear the peninsula continued well into July. This six week battle of attrition set the stage for the decisive American breakout from the Bocage, yet has been largely neglected.
The first in a multi-volume series, Defending Normandy Vol.1 examines the 84th Army Corps, the evolution of the defence of Normandy starting in 1941, and the infantry divisions that went to battle in 1944, dominating the fighting. The German forces involved have never before been adequately studied. By analysing German records and accounts and (largely overlooked) Allied intelligence, Niels Henkemans reconstructs the battle through the eyes of the units involved.
This book offers the reader unprecedented detail on the units involved. Every unit’s organisation, equipment, pre-invasion history, and tactical role at Cotentin are put under the microscope. Dozens of maps, photographs and graphics accompany this unique unit-based exploration of the Cotentin campaign.
Subsequent volumes will look at SS and Fallschirmjäger divisions and independent formations, including Osttruppen, artillery, (anti)tank, Flak and construction troops and engineers.
Author: Niels Henkemans
Map Artist: Niels Henkemans
Language: English (UK)
Pages: 400+ (TBC)
Physical: Hardcover, 277x214mm, landscape