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After D-Day: Operation Cobra and the Normandy Breakout
After storming the beaches on D-Day, June 6, 1944, the Allied invasion of France bogged down in seven weeks of grueling attrition in Normandy. On July 25, U.S. divisions under Gen. Omar Bradley launched Operation Cobra, an attempt to break out of the hedgerows and begin a war of movement across France. Despite a disastrous start, with misdropped bombs killing hundreds of G ...more
Hardcover, 295 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by Lynne Rienner Publishers
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Dec 22, 2016 Rob Humphrey rated it it was amazing
This is the most detailed and balanced book I have read on Operation Cobra during my studies on the subject. The author does an excellent job of setting the strategic context, analyzing the key characters and units involved, and comparing the plan with what actually happened. Each chapter discusses the plan, the terrain, and the enemy before unfolding the detailed tactical narrative of events that took place for each unit involved, and then discusses the German Army reaction to each unit. If you ...more
This was one of the books that I listed as a most useful book in the bibliography of my book "Omar Bradley: General At War." James Jay Carafano is the only one who gets it right about Bradley's pivotal role in the Cobra breakout. Obscure, but worth finding.