The Battle of the Hedgerows: Bradley's First Army in Normandy, June-July 1944 - Leo DaughertyLondon: Brown Partworks, 2001, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Top edge of the text block a little spotted, a decent copy otherwise.
Includes: Order of battle; Black & white photographs; Coloured maps;
From the cover: “Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of Normandy on 6 June 1944, was an unqualified success, and in the days after the landings tens of thousands of troops poured ashore and advanced inland. General Omar Bradley’s US First Army was well prepared for a mobile war, and had lavish quantities of tanks, stream-crossing and bridging equipment, and trucks. However, as they headed inland in Normandy his men encountered terrain that dashed their expectations of a fluid campaign: the bocage. The Battle of the Hedgerows is the story of the campaign of the US First Army over seven slogging weeks in June and July 1944.
Although the German defenders were both outnumbered and outgunned, they had a crucial advantage: hedges. The bocage is divided into a multitude of earthen-walled enclosures, all of which are surrounded by high, dense hedgerows. All but the most important roads are sunken lanes, with foliage arching over them. Each field and hedgerow was turned into a defensive position by the Germans, and their artillery, machine guns and mortars took a heavy toll of US troops in the fighting. In addition, many of the GIs and their commanders were inexperienced, having never seen combat before. Their opponents, on the other hand, the troops of the Seventh Army, though deficient in air and artillery support, were seasoned veterans, especially the NCOs. As The Battle of the Hedgerows shows, the fighting consisted of thousands of field-by-field infantry battles which were sometimes disturbingly reminiscent of the Western Front in World War I.
Illustrated throughout with clear and concise colour maps, black and white photographs and first-hand accounts, The Battle of the Hedgerows is a riveting account of war at its most basic level where, in a 17-day struggle, the US First Army suffered 40,000 casualties. But at the end it had become a battle-hardened formation.”