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Normandiefront: D-Day to St Lo Through German Eyes Hardcover – 1 May 2011

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (1 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752459783
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752459783
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 2.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 798,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Vince Milano is a former U.S. infantryman and the author of "The German Army Order of Battle 1918" and many articles for military magazines such as "Combat "and "Living History." He interviewed combatants in Germany for this book. He lives in Epping, New Hampshire. Bruce Conner is a military history researcher who gives military history displays and talks with Vince Milano across the United States. He lives in Tewksbury, Massachusetts. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Richard Hargreaves on 15 Jun. 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a very comprehensive account of 352 Infanterie Division which held the line at Omaha and was eventually crushed six weeks later at St Lo. Roughly half the book is devoted to the run-up to and fighting on D-Day, the rest of the volume is devoted to the battles inland.

It's copiously illustrated and packed with first-hand accounts which bring the men to life. There are also scores of images from private collections - most of them you won't have seen before.

If you're interested in D-Day/Omaha Beach/German Army/Normandy, it's a must and fills in one more piece of the important jigsaw of the men defending the beaches.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Valerie Byron on 30 July 2011
Format: Hardcover
Vince Milano and Bruce Conner's book titled Normandiefront was a superior narration of the common soldier in combat. As a professional soldier and educator it was a pleasure to read a new perspective based on what the common soldier saw and accomplished. Normandiefront has amazing depictions, pictures and references from the veteran's perspective that I have never seen in print prior until this writing. It was refreshing to read a work that was not regurgitated material retold by the Ph.D crowd. Many new conclusions and insights that I often pondered were verified through the statements from the veterans themselves. Bravo, well done, Keep up the good work!
Ssg. Jonathan J. Byron M.ed. (Ret.) USA.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gusbucket13 on 12 Oct. 2011
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This is a book that should have been written years ago when more of the primary source material - ie the veterans, were still around. Even so this book manages to present a fascinating study of the mindset prevailing in the German army as it prepared to defend the crumbling third reich from inevitable invasion.
The Authors have obviously gone to considerable trouble to obtain first hand accounts and primary source material - not content with just re-hashing the bland stuff that has gone before. They actually met and chatted with the people they write about.
I took this book on a long weekend holiday and could hardly put it down - and the authors have not had to rely on just words there is a plethora of original photos from veterans, maps, documents, organisational charts, many never published before.
I recommend this book to anyone even romotely interested in the events of D Day as it presents an unbiased frank and oft amusing snapshot of D Day from the German Soldiers point of view.Normandiefront: D-Day to St Lo Through German Eyes Get it whilst you still can, Im told the publishers are saying the entire run is sold out - snap those that are in amazons stock up now! A history book that breathes life - written in a manner that captures the imagination and doesnt let it go till the last page.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By braveheartengr on 24 Sept. 2012
Format: Paperback
The authors have done a superb piece of research (and it cannot have been easy) and converted it into a thoroughly readable account of the Normandy battles, basing it on German views and standing in the shoes of the "defenders". An excellent addition to my burgeoning library on this vital episode in my history.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Clovix on 17 Sept. 2011
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This book describes the fighting retreat, after D=Day, of the German 352 Division on an almost day to day basis. For me the most interesting part are the personal accounts of German soldiers. Especially the bitter fighting near the invasion beach, the terror caused by the dreaded American Jabos (Jagdbombers) and artillery, the stress and strain the Germans experienced durin the intense fighting, the problems with the `Volksdeutscher` and the fighting in St Lo. This is the `through German eyes` part for which I am glad I bought the book. For me the big problem is the total lack of any maps and a story of the fighting retreat which is interesting, but certainly not encapsulating.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PhippsAW on 23 Sept. 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
There are lots of books about how the Allies performed at Normandy and most deal with the victors perspective of this world class operation.This book looking at it from the German soldiers point of view, gives a well balanced view from the people who defended and fought during the opening stages of the invasion and shows just how poor the Germans logistics train worked. More crucially it also shows how well they fought against troops who had no shortage of anything and had complete mastery of the skies and Sea. I thought it was well balanced and written and has opened my eyes into what really was for the Allies a close run thing at times. Well worth the read.
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