The Decisive Battle That Shaped World War II in EuropeBook - 2011
The Battle of Normandy was the greatest offensive campaign the world had ever seen. Millions of soldiers struggling for control of Europe were thrust onto the front lines of a massive war unlike any experienced in history. But the greatest of clashes would prove to be the crucible in which the outcome of World War II would be decided.
It began on D-Day, June 6, 1944-the day that Allied forces launched Operation Overlord, the great crusade to free Europe from the iron grip of Nazi Germany. But only when the troops were ashore did the real battle begin.
With Nazi defenders marshalling to stop the invaders, Hitler and his generals schemed to counterattack. Tightly constricted hedgerow country bitter German resistance held the Allied advance to a crawl. Suddenly the Allies broke through and trapped the Nazi armies. Yet, within weeks of this stunning disaster, the Germans smashed the most dangerous Allied offensive yet.
How was this possible? In Normandy Crucible , noted author John Prados offers a penetrating account that re-frames the Normandy breakout to answer that question. For the first time, he melds intelligence with the combat narrative. Shifting between battle action and command decisions on both sides, Normandy Crucible shows in fascinating detail how this campaign molded the climactic battle for Europe.