Defenders of Fortress Europe: The Untold Story of the German Officers During the Allied Invasion

Front Cover
Potomac Books, Inc., 2009 - History - 257 pages
0 Reviews
The year 1944 bore witness to the fifth long year of World War II. Death rained from the skies of Germany, her cities were ablaze or in rubble, the extermination camps operated with cold-blooded efficiency, and the Eastern Front's guns roared day and night. Hardly a German family had not lost a loved one. Most terribly, the Russian Front's floodgates creaked ominously. If they gave way, the Red Army would engulf the eastern marshlands--and perhaps the entire Fatherland--in a flood of barbarism not seen since the Dark Ages. Yet, as the Wehrmacht retreated, Germans still had hope. If the men of the Western Front could repulse the great invasion, dozens of units--including panzer divisions, SS regiments, and paratrooper formations--would arrive to thwart the Red advance. German scientists needed at least another year to develop their "wonder weapons," such as V-2 rockets, submarines, jet airplanes, and perhaps even an atomic bomb. Everything depended on the Western Front's warlords. Defenders of Fortress Europe introduces the men who had once believed they would conquer the world. By 1944, however, they were trying to throw the Allies back into the sea or just check them before they could reach Germany. The Fatherland's defense was in the hands of Nazis, non-Nazis, and anti-Nazis; professional soldiers and professional troublemakers; heroes, murderers, and war criminals; the efficient geniuses and the incompetent; the famous, the infamous, and the unknown; soldiers, sailors, SS men, and air force officers--all men who fought out of fanaticism, courage, personal ambition, a sense of honor, duty, love of country, misplaced patriotism, or, simply, habit.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

PREFACE
1The Atlantic Wall
2DDay
3The Battles for the Hedgerows
4Cherbourg
5Attrition
6StLô
xvi
7Caen
xix
12The Fall of Brittany
xvii
13What Happened to the Defenders of Fortress Europe?
lxxxvi
APPENDIX 1TABLE OF COMPARITIVE RANKS
cvi
APPENDIX 2GERMAN STAFF POSITIONS
2
APPENDIX 3GERMAN UNITS RANKS AND STRENGTHS
3
APPENDIX 4CHARACTERISTICS OF SELECTED GERMAN AND ALLIED TANKS OF WORLD WAR II
4
APPENDIX 5LUFTWAFFE AVIATION UNITS STRENGTHS AND RANKS OF COMMANDERS
5
NOTES
6

8The Americans Break Out
xxiv
9Counterattack
xxxiii
Encirclement and Breakout
xliii
11The Fall of France
vi
BIBLIOGRAPHY
15
INDEX
19
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
32
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2009)

Samuel W. Mitcham, Jr., is the author of more than twenty books on World War II. He lives in Louisiana.

Bibliographic information