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Battle Zone Normandy: Operation Cobra

Battle Zone Normandy: Operation Cobra (Hardback, UK ed.)

By Pugsley, Christopher
Volume editor Trew, Simon

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Operation Cobra, launched at the end of July 1944, was designed to open a decisive gap in the German defences facing the American forces in Normandy. General Omar Bradley, commanding the First US Army, decided to use aerial saturation bombing to destroy the German defences and cr...eate a breach. An initial attempt on 24 July proved disastrous, as the bombers dropped some of their payload on the American front lines, killing or wounding 150 men. Despite this, the bombing continued the next day. For three hours, 1,500 B-17 and B-24 bombers pummelled the target, supported by medium bombers and fighter bombers attacking with napalm. The few, shell-shocked German survivors either surrendered without a fight or fled. Even so, fierce fighting continued as the Americans strove to open up a passage for the armoured vehicles. On 26 July, VII US Corps advanced ten kilometres after crossing the Coutances-Saint-Lo road. Cracks started to appear in the German front and it collapsed the next day. The American armoured divisions swept southwards and westwards. Entire German units were encircled, while others simply fell apart. On 30 July, 6th US Armored Division captured Avranches and the next day s
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ISBN 9780750930154
Released AU 2 Dec 2004
Publisher The History Press Ltd
Format Hardback, UK ed.
Series Battle Zone Normandy
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ISBN-13 9780750930154
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Publisher The History Press Ltd
Imprint The History Press Ltd
Released 2 Dec 2004
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback, UK ed.
Edition UK ed.
Author(s) By Pugsley, Christopher
Volume editor Trew, Simon
Series Battle Zone Normandy
Category World History: Second World War
European History
Military History
Battles & Campaigns
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 192
Dimensions Width: 156mm
Height: 234mm
Spine: 10mm
Dewey Code 940.5421442
Weight 560g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress World War, 1939-1945 - Campaigns - France - Normandy
NBS Text Military History
ONIX Text General/trade