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Ruckmarsch Then and Now: The German Retreat from Normandy [Hardcover]

Jean-Paul Pallud
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15 Aug 2006
Following the successful landing by the Allied armies in Normandy in June 1944, Hitler's forces battled for two months to contain the bridgehead. However, when his last-ditch attempt to recover the initiative with Operation Luttich - the counter-attack from Mortain on August 7 - failed, it was an implied admission that his armies in the West had been defeated. From that starting point, Jean Paul Pallud takes up the story, following in the footsteps of the Germans as they retreat across France. The next days and weeks were ones of confusion for the German command with staffs and technical services dispersed; command and communication virtually non-existent; roads congested and strafed, and directives to build new stop-lines almost immediately rendered obsolete by the flow of events...all within a matter of a few days. Although the Germans lost nearly 300,000 men during the retreat - either killed, wounded, missing, or taken prisoner - nevertheless it was not necessarily an Allied victory as by the beginning of September German forces had turned round and were once more standing firm, this time along the 650 kilometres between Switzerland and the North Sea. This, then, is that story...told through hundreds of 'then and now' comparison photographs by the author, and which includes some quite amazing discoveries that he made along the way.

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  • Hardcover: 376 pages
  • Publisher: After the Battle; First Edition edition (15 Aug 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1870067576
  • ISBN-13: 978-1870067577
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 30.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 178,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth it for the photographs alone! 28 Sep 2006
The specialist publisher After the Battle is perhaps better known to many for its excellent quarterly magazine featuring the many splendid then and now photographs and the superb range of fascinating military history related articles. One should not however forget that they also publish many excellent hard back volumes too and their latest publication is no exception.

Although the allied armies successfully landed on the beaches of Normandy in the Summer of 1944, the fight did not end there, as the enemy forces fought on with the aim of containing the bridgehead until a counter-attack could be launched. However after a further two months of hard fighting, an attempted counter-attack in the early August failed and Hitler had no alternative but to at last admit that his army was now on the road to defeat!

The incredible story behind Ruckmarsch begins here, and is told by the author in the familiar After the Battle then and now style. No less than 1000 splendid photographs support the excellent text covering the period when the German army retreated across France and lost almost 300,000 men in the process.

The author made some incredible discoveries during his extensive research in preparation for this excellent volume. I am sure you will make many discoveries too as you thumb through the numerous pages and marvel at the magnificent collection of photographs.

This volume is a masterpiece, it is a must buy for the serious military historian, researcher and battlefield guide and a must read for anyone with the slightest interest in the Second World War.

Thank you After the Battle for another wonderful book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have ! 9 Feb 2010
As with all the books Jean-Paul Pallud's come up with, this chunk of a book is just another masterpiece. After-the-Battle series has always managed to maintain very high professional standards with top-notch authors.
Remember everyone, J-P Pallud is the one who found the long-time declared missing in action famous Panzer ace Michael Witman's remains not so long ago. His matching research on the batllefields is simply .... unmatched. The pun came out unintentionally on my keypad.
No one can have an interest in the batlle of Normandy without having this masterpiece on his bookshelf. After all, the final part of this particular campaign is the least known and has rarely been covered by historians until this definitive work was put up by After-the-Battle.
Check out the battle of the Bulge by the same author and editing company. The quality of the work's the same. I haven't the words to recommend those books ....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another After The Battle gem! 7 July 2008
After the Battle publications have reached a standard that one can buy these magnificent books almost blindfolded. This one is no exepction. The author has already more than earned his spurs with similar impressive titles and the proven formula of combining newly discovered (and very captivating) pictures with vivid, sometimes chilling eyewitness accounts did the trick again. This book is also technically top class. In other words, anyone insterested in WWII history, should give this publication its deserved spot on the bookshelf.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
ATB have published several books relating to Normandy and the events of the summer of 1944, this latest book makes an excellent link between their 2 Volume history of D-Day, Panzers in Normandy ( which has travelled quite well since it was first published), their 2 Volume series on Arnhem and finally the Bulge book which came out many years ago.

JPP has produced an excellent book which easily achieves the high benchmark of quality which is ATB's trademark the German retreat to the Seine and its crossing points is well illustrated in both a very readable text and a mass of photographs which are contrasted with what areas look like "now" - the amount of work which when into covering this aspect of the book alone should not be under estimated.

What the authors does show is that whilst defeated in Normandy the Germany Army did not collapse and the retreat never quite became a rout , he also shows the enormous material loss which the Germans suffered.

Is this book worth its cover price - certainly it is the cover price is not cheap and Amazon do provide some sellers who will give a generous discount but either way you will get an excellent high class history which is very well presented , the quality of photographic reproduction is as one would expect is without fault - the "now" photos - again well taken they provide a cornerstone of the style of presentation.

The text interfaces well with other books and it makes the book much more than a series of photographs what you get is a good solid history if you buy it you will I am sure have few regrets and many hours of enjoyment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read the Reviews...Thanks all who posted 28 Mar 2011
By Andy
What a fantastic book! I just stumbled upon it by accident and read the reviews and took a chance. Thank you Reviewers. If your into model making WWII Armour or just interested in events photographed as they happened this is like a beautiful resource. The images which still haunt me are of that of the convoy of vehicles carrying wounded clearly marked with red crosses on vehicles destroyed by allied aircraft. Photos Ive never seen before and most, nearly all of them of them aren't the normal propaganda ones.Just had to write this as previous reviewers were "Right on the money". Fascinating book worth every penny!Thanks Reviewers:0)
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5.0 out of 5 stars and flawless research by the excellent Jean Paul Pallud
As all "after the Battle" publications,i cannot fault this book.The usual high standard of printing,and flawless research by the excellent Jean Paul Pallud.Wonderful.
Published 27 days ago by James W.
5.0 out of 5 stars iloved it
A great purchase , brilliant large photographs in this book and would recommend this book to my fellow model makers for great reference material.
Published 7 months ago by marty m
5.0 out of 5 stars Super pictures and more
I have read a lot, at lot about the Normandy campaign, but I did not know in details what happened after the Falaise Pocket closed. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Morten Klintø Hansen
5.0 out of 5 stars Ruckmarsch
Fantastic book, packaged well and arrived on time. Full of never seen before photo's of the Normandy campaign from the German view.
Published 19 months ago by David Bright
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly excellent
This is a winning military history combination - great photos, many new to me, outstanding historical detective work in the After the Battle tradition (some of it truly... Read more
Published on 3 Nov 2011 by Enquirer
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!
I can only repeat what others have said: this is outstanding!
Besides fantastic and original pictures (I have seen less than 20 % before) - the period covered is the often... Read more
Published on 2 Jan 2011 by J. Jürs
5.0 out of 5 stars An investigative "tour de force"
This is an amazing book which reproduces hundreds of rare photographs mainly taken by WW2 German war correspondents backed up with detailed information. Read more
Published on 31 July 2010 by Alisdair Fleming
5.0 out of 5 stars a must!
Simply a masterpiece!Tons of great and rare photos.The text is well written.If you are looking for a book with germans on the western front in 1944/45 this is it! Read more
Published on 24 April 2010 by Henrik Øberg-pedersen
5.0 out of 5 stars Ruckmarsch
Well put together, great photo's, well captioned.A huge ammount of research has gone into this fine publication. Essential to take along on any battlefield tour of Normandy.
Published on 5 Mar 2009 by Stuart Robertson
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute must!
Well to make this short - I thought, that I'd been through most of the Normandy fighting seen from the german side. Read more
Published on 8 Sep 2008 by Mogens Lauridsen
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