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Falaise 1944: Death of an Army

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The battle around Falaise in Normandy during August 1944 saw the destruction of the German Seventh army. This book details the chain of events which led to the German retreat and the ensuing liberation of France. The British and American breakout battles had released motorised units to wage a more mobile war against the German static defensive tactics. At Falaise, the armoured units of US Third Army encircled the German Seventh Army, squeezed them into an ever-smaller cauldron of chaos and crushed them against the advancing British Second Army. The results were devastating: those troops able to escape the disaster fled, those who remained were killed or captured and vast quantities of armour and equipment were lost.
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The battle around Falaise in Normandy during August 1944 saw the destruction of the German Seventh army; this title details the chain of events which led to the German retreat and the ensuing liberation of France. The British and American breakout battles had released motorised units to wage a more mobile war against the German static defensive tactics, and at Falaise, the armoured units of US Third Army encircled the German Seventh Army and squeezed them into an ever-smaller cauldron of chaos, crushed against the advancing British Second Army. The results were devastating: those troops able to escape the disaster fled, whilst those who remained were killed or captured and vast quantities of armour and equipment were lost.
Ken Ford was born in Hampshire in 1943. He trained as an engineer and spent almost 30 years in the telecommunications industry. He is now a bookseller specialising in military history, and an author, having written a number of books on various Second World War subjects. Previous titles for Osprey in the Campaign series include volume 127: 'Dieppe 1942' and 134: 'Cassino 1944'. Peter Dennis was born in 1950 and, having been inspired by contemporary magazines such as 'Look and Learn', studied illustration at Liverpool Art College. He has since contributed to hundreds of books, predominantly on historical subjects. He is a keen wargamer and modelmaker.
Origins of the battle; Chronology; Opposing Commanders; Opposing Armies; Orders of Battle; Opposing Plans; The Breakout Battles; The Advance; Closing the Gap; Destruction of an Army; Aftermath; The Battlefield Today; Further Reading; Index
Author
Ken Ford
Short Title
CAMPAIGN #149 FALAISE 1944
Pages
96
Publisher
Osprey Publishing (UK)
Series
Campaign
Language
English
Illustrator
Howard Gerrard
ISBN-10
1841766267
ISBN-13
9781841766263
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
Series Number
149
Illustrations
Yes
Year
2005
Publication Date
2005-03-31
Imprint
Osprey Publishing
Subtitle
Death of an Army
Place of Publication
Osprey
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
DEWEY
940.5421422
Residence
US
Birth
1943
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