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Countdown to D-Day: The German Perspective

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In December 1943, among rising realization that the Allies are planning to invade "Fortress Europe," Field Marshal Rommel was assigned the title of General Inspector for the Atlantic Wall. His mission was to assess their readiness--what he finds disgusts him. The famed Atlantikwall is nothing but a paper tiger, woefully unprepared for the forces being massed across the ...more
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Published March 19th 2019 by Casemate
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Bou
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Wehrmacht politics in the days and months before the Allied invasion can be summarised in just one question: where to place the Panzer divisions. Rommel, who knows rom his Afrikakorps days what devastating effect the Allied air supremacy can have on a Panzer division on the move to the beaches, wants to have them as near to the beach as possible. Von Rundstedt wants to have them inland, as a mobile strategic reserve force.

Rommel, who nowadays would probably be diagnosed with a healthy dose
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Greig Siedor
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
My rating is closer to a 4.5 than a 4. Overall, a very interesting and informative book on a topic that has been covered in great detail on the Allied side, but less so (at least, from what I have seen) on the German. The writing is fine and I do not share others' comments about the need for editing. A couple of points that make this book somewhat unusual:

1. The writing is in the present tense. The author explains why in an introduction. The tense is not a problem, but it does take a bit to get
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