The Fall of Fortress Europe - Fred MajdalanyLondon: Hodder & Stoughton, 1969, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper somewhat frayed at the top edge, a little age-toned on the verso. Pages lightly age-tanned.
Includes: List of sources; Maps to the endpapers and blanks;
From the cover: “This is the first account of the crucial period of the Second World War to be written by a combatant on the Allied side which presents the story from the German point of view. Fred Majdalany opens his narrative in June, 1940 when Hitler controlled the whole of the European land-mass with the exception of Great Britain and the neutral countries. His decision to invade Russia and the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor left Hitler holding Continental Europe against the triple alliance of America, Great Britain and Russia. His response was formulated in his Directive No. 40 which provided for the fortification of the Atlantic coast-line of German-held Europe against invasion, the creation in fact of Fortress Europe. From this time on, the defeat of Germany involved, in Churchill’s phrase, simply ‘the proper application of overwhelming force’. The point of application was Fortress Europe and the progress of the Allies was marked by the crumbling of the fortress.
With the skill of an accomplished military historian, Fred Majdalany describes the campaigns on the perimeter of Fortress Europe, in Russia, North Africa, Sicily, Italy and finally Normandy. These, together with the battle of the Atlantic and the Allied bombing campaigns are seen through German eyes in relation to Hitler’s overall strategic aims. The personalities involved are brought to life; the physical realities of warfare are vividly described. A vast and complicated narrative has been brilliantly pieced together by an author in full command of his subject.”