Battlezone Normandy: Falaise Pocket

Paul Latawski

Battlezone Normandy - Falaise Pocket

About the Book


Following the German counter-attack at Mortain on the 7th August 1944, General Omar Bradley and Bernard Montgomery decided to engage in a wide encircling movement, to trap the enemy divisions who were trying advance westwards. XV US Corps entered Le Mans on 8th August and then advanced rapidly northwards. Meanwhile Montgomery had broken the German front south of Caen despite stiff resistance. The Canidians of II Corps bore down on falaise, eventually capturing the town on the 16th August. Together with 1st Polish Armoured division, they then accelerated their advance seeking to meet American Forces moving northwards.


With well over 100 000 Germans in danger of encirclement Hitler gave permission for a general withdrawl. Under the combined pressure of the Americans and French to the south, the Americans and British to the west and the Canadians and Poles to the north, the net tightened inexorably. American and Polish units linked up at Chambois, as Canadian and Polish forces attempted to plug the remaining gaps in a series of ferocious actions. With Allied artillery and air power taking a heavy toll, the Germans retreat gradually turned into a desperate fight. By the 21st August the falaise Pocket was all but shut, confirming the defeat of the German Army in Normandy.


Format: Hardcover


Pages: 192


Size: 23cm x 15cm x 1.5cm


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