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Beyond the beachhead : the 29th Infantry Division in Normandy
Balkoski, Joseph.
Personal Author:
[Second edition].
Publication Information:
Mechanicsburg, PA : Stackpole Books, 1999.
Physical Description:
xvi, 304 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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Central Library D756.5.N6 B34 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Examines the experience of one infantry division - the 29th - during 45 days of combat from Omaha Beach on D-Day to the liberation at St Lo. Using interviews, official records and unit histories, this book follows the 29th from bloody landings at Omaha through the hedgerows of Normandy, illustrating the brutal realities of life on the front line.

Author Notes

Joseph Balkoski is a historian specializing in the history of D-Day and the Normandy campaign during World War II

Table of Contents

Stephen E. Ambrose
List of Illustrationsp. vi
List of Mapsp. vii
Map Legendp. viii
Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xi
1 Introduction: Twenty-nine, Let's Go, June 1944p. 1
2 Stateside: The Blue and the Gray Division, 1917-1942p. 15
3 England: "Us and the Home Guard," October 1942-June 1944p. 36
4 The Enemy: Festung Europa, 1940-1944p. 65
5 Men and Guns: The Emptiness of the Battlefield, 1944p. 80
6 D-Day: "We've Got to be Infantrymen Now," June 16, 1944p. 117
7 The Beachhead: "Boche Kaput," June 7-9, 1944p. 148
8 On to St. Lo: "It Didn't Smell Right from the First," June 10-13, 1944p. 175
9 Stagnation: "Altogether It Was Hell," June 14-July 10, 1944p. 206
10 Triumph: The Major of St. Lo, July 11-13, 1944p. 236
Appendix U.S. and German Tables of Organization and Equipmentp. 279
Referencesp. 289
Bibliographyp. 295
Acknowledgmentsp. 299
Indexp. 302

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