Heinrich Severloh, in his moving autobiographical account, recounts the biggest amphibious attack in the whole of history, by the Allies, on D-Day, 6th June 1944, launching their offensive against the Atlantic Wall at dawn towards the Normandy coast with 7,000 vessels and 13,000 planes. Severloh stood at his combat post, at support point WN 62 (Widerstandsnest 62). At 0900 hours, he fired his machine gun and his grenade towards the GIs who were struggling towards him across the beach - more than 2,000 of them would never reach their destination. In a ruthless and gripping manner, Severloh describes these dramatic hours during the course of which, in his sector, nicknamed "Bloody Omaha", 34,000 GI's would hurl themselves against only 350 German soldiers who defended their position with relentless tenacity. Severloh survived this deluge of fire in these stressful and epic circumstances, which would leave their mark for the rest of his life. Newspaper articles and newsreels have immortalised him under the name Hein Severloh. Up until the appearance of this sad confession, the Americans didn't know the name of the man who made their attack such a terrible catastrophe. In collaboration with Helmut, Baron von Keusgen, military history specialist, this is not just a fascinating document of great precision in the description of these places, but it is equally a new point of view which had been unexplored, making the events of this dramatic day all the clearer. The relations between the Germans and the French are the same, envisaged in a different light. In a deeply moving way, Severloh speaks clearly about his experiences and makes a clean slate of prejudices. Text in French
Hein Severloh A été écrit sous une forme ou une autre pendant la plus grande partie de sa vie. Vous pouvez trouver autant d'inspiration de WN 62 Aussi informatif et amusant. Cliquez sur le bouton TÉLÉCHARGER ou Lire en ligne pour obtenir gratuitement le livre de titre $ gratuitement.
D Day Fortifications in Normandy
German defenses along the Normandy beaches were part of the larger Atlantic Wall fortifications designed to defend Fortress Europe. When Field Marshal Erwin Rommel took command of the invasion front in late 1943, he began a program to enhance fortifications along the Normandy coast as he believed that any Allied assault had to be stopped on the invasion beaches themselves. His most important contribution to the defenses was an extensive program of improvised beach obstructions to complicate any landing attempt. This book analyses these fortifications and describes how the Allied forces overcame them on the morning of June 6, 1944.
La porte de l enfer
A un âge où d'ordinaire les jeunes vivent dans l'insouciance nourris de rêves et d'espérances, Franz Gockel est incorporé dans la Wehrmacht. Ainsi, après avoir effectué une période de travail obligatoire au service du Reicharbeitsdienst (RAD) et une courte formation en Hollande, cet adolescent de 17 ans se retrouve en Normandie. Basé au Widerstandsnest 62 près de Colleville sur Mer, ses journées sont rythmées par les entraînements militaires et les différentes corvées auxquelles il est affairé. Très vite, la situation militaire se dégrade et la menace d'un débarquement allié imminent est de plus en plus présente. Le 6 juin 1944, l'histoire tourne au cauchemar et la " Plage d'Or " va prendre le nom de " Bloody Omaha "... Soixante ans après, Franz Gockel raconte l'atrocité de la guerre et se souvient avec émotion de cette traversée. Acteur malgré lui de cette bataille pour la liberté du monde, il reviendra en Normandie avec son épouse en 1958. Depuis, il s'est lié d'amitié avec de nombreux vétérans américains dont il présente les témoignages au fil des différentes pages de son ouvrage.
What Soldiers Do
How do you convince men to charge across heavily mined beaches into deadly machine-gun fire? Do you appeal to their bonds with their fellow soldiers, their patriotism, their desire to end tyranny and mass murder? Certainly—but if you’re the US Army in 1944, you also try another tack: you dangle the lure of beautiful French women, waiting just on the other side of the wire, ready to reward their liberators in oh so many ways. That’s not the picture of the Greatest Generation that we’ve been given, but it’s the one Mary Louise Roberts paints to devastating effect in What Soldiers Do. Drawing on an incredible range of sources, including news reports, propaganda and training materials, official planning documents, wartime diaries, and memoirs, Roberts tells the fascinating and troubling story of how the US military command systematically spread—and then exploited—the myth of French women as sexually experienced and available. The resulting chaos—ranging from flagrant public sex with prostitutes to outright rape and rampant venereal disease—horrified the war-weary and demoralized French population. The sexual predation, and the blithe response of the American military leadership, also caused serious friction between the two nations just as they were attempting to settle questions of long-term control over the liberated territories and the restoration of French sovereignty. While never denying the achievement of D-Day, or the bravery of the soldiers who took part, What Soldiers Do reminds us that history is always more useful—and more interesting—when it is most honest, and when it goes beyond the burnished beauty of nostalgia to grapple with the real lives and real mistakes of the people who lived it.
Operation Totalize 1944
In Operation Totalize, Lieutenant-General Guy Simonds' II Canadian Corps launched an attack from its positions along the BourguÃ©bus Ridge south of Caen, striking south-southeast astride the main Caen?Falaise road toward the high ground that dominated the town of Falaise and the key west-east lateral road that ran through this town. Using sophisticated operational art the initial break-in achieved rapid success; indeed, more tactical success than any previous Allied break-in attack in Normandy. However, despite this rapid initial success, Totalize did not subsequently secure a decisive operational-level victory. Indeed, Simonds' forces subsequently struggled swiftly to complete the second break-in battle, and to transit into rapid exploitation operations. Had Simond's force been successful the German army may not have been able to extract themselves from the Falaise pocket and would have been surrounded and defeated ? possibly bringing about the early end of the war in Europe.
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Annales de Normandie
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Based on first-hand testimony, this story of how one German division changed the course of the invasion, and almost the war, features previously unpublished photographs from participants In the cold morning of June 6, 1944, thousands of German soldiers were in position from Port en Bessin eastwards past Colleville on the Normandy coast, aware that a massive invasion force was heading straight for them, although according to Allied Intelligence, they shouldn't have been there. The presence of 352 Division meant that the number of defenders was literally double the number expected—and on the best fortified of all the invasion beaches. This infantry division would ensure the invaders would pay a massive price to take Omaha Beach. There were veterans from the Russian front among them and they were well trained and equipped. What makes this account of the bloody struggle unique is that it is told from the German standpoint, using firsthand testimony of German combatants. There are not many of them left and these accounts have been painstakingly collected by the authors over many years.
Strongpoint WN 62
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