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By the beginning of July 1944 the Allied forces had successfully landed in northern France. Yet, although D-Day had been a monumental success, their journey was far from over. How did the Allied forces drive back the Nazi’s from their strongly entrenched positions in northern France all the way to the German border? This is the main question that is answered with Martin By the beginning of July 1944 the Allied forces had successfully landed in northern France. Yet, although D-Day had been a monumental success, their journey was far from over. How did the Allied forces drive back the Nazi’s from their strongly entrenched positions in northern France all the way to the German border? This is the main question that is answered with Martin Blumenson’s brilliant study, Breakout and Pursuit, which covers the period from 1st July to 11th September 1944. The allied forces had to work together to overcome tremendous difficulties as they fought against battle-hardened troops. Virtually every sort of major operation involving co-ordinated action of the combined arms is found: the grueling positional warfare of the battle of the hedgerows, the breakthrough of the main enemy position, exploitation, encirclement, and pursuit, as well as a number of actions falling under the general heading of special operations — an assault river crossing, the siege of a fortress, and night combat, among others. Blumenson states that he wished this book would be of interest to the general reader “who may be motivated by curiosity and the hope of learning in some detail about the conduct of the campaign, the expenditure of men and materiel, and the problems that face military leaders engaged in war.” Martin Blumenson was an American military historian who had been the historical officer of both the Third and Seventh Armies in World War Two. He wrote a number of prominent books on World War Two, including a biography of Patton and a number of campaign histories. He was awarded the Samuel Eliot Morison Prize for lifetime achievement from the Society of Military History in 1995. His book Breakout and Pursuit was first published in 1960 and he passed away in 2005.


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By the beginning of July 1944 the Allied forces had successfully landed in northern France. Yet, although D-Day had been a monumental success, their journey was far from over. How did the Allied forces drive back the Nazi’s from their strongly entrenched positions in northern France all the way to the German border? This is the main question that is answered with Martin By the beginning of July 1944 the Allied forces had successfully landed in northern France. Yet, although D-Day had been a monumental success, their journey was far from over. How did the Allied forces drive back the Nazi’s from their strongly entrenched positions in northern France all the way to the German border? This is the main question that is answered with Martin Blumenson’s brilliant study, Breakout and Pursuit, which covers the period from 1st July to 11th September 1944. The allied forces had to work together to overcome tremendous difficulties as they fought against battle-hardened troops. Virtually every sort of major operation involving co-ordinated action of the combined arms is found: the grueling positional warfare of the battle of the hedgerows, the breakthrough of the main enemy position, exploitation, encirclement, and pursuit, as well as a number of actions falling under the general heading of special operations — an assault river crossing, the siege of a fortress, and night combat, among others. Blumenson states that he wished this book would be of interest to the general reader “who may be motivated by curiosity and the hope of learning in some detail about the conduct of the campaign, the expenditure of men and materiel, and the problems that face military leaders engaged in war.” Martin Blumenson was an American military historian who had been the historical officer of both the Third and Seventh Armies in World War Two. He wrote a number of prominent books on World War Two, including a biography of Patton and a number of campaign histories. He was awarded the Samuel Eliot Morison Prize for lifetime achievement from the Society of Military History in 1995. His book Breakout and Pursuit was first published in 1960 and he passed away in 2005.

30 review for Breakout and Pursuit: The United States Army in World War II, The European Theater of Operations

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tom

    History is Fun I would like to give 5 stars but the lack of maps held me back. Read this on a computer or in paper if you can, and have a map handy. I was confused at times when German troop designations sounded like US army designations. A good editor should have seen this. Overall I liked the book. As a Vietnam Vet, I wish we had the same leadership enjoyed by the Army troops in this segment of our history.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mark Rose

    Revealing history of the terrific battles joined as part of D-Day After reading this account, I feel embarrassed by my reliance on Hollywood as a history teacher. Such an awful price our troops paid.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Nelson

    More maps, please. A very thorough account of an overlooked phase of the victory in the west. My reading has mostly been about D Day and Normandy, then I skipped ahead to the Battle of the Bulge. This book covers the in between.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Walker

    Excellent though Very Detailed. More detailed and larger maps would have been a great aid

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jeffrey Steele

    Good Good read. The amount of casualties suffered is staggering. It gave a good understanding of the breakout from Normandy. Worth reading.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rita L Houser

    Detailed account Excellent work of how and who was fighting and how it led to push the Germans out of France.c Highly recommend

  7. 5 out of 5

    Robert Snow

    This is one of a one hundred volume history of WWII. This volume deals with the U.S. Army ETO in post invasion France mainly July and August 1944. This is large military unit history and is a solid history filled with charts, maps and photo's and is Published by the U.S. GPO. This is one of a one hundred volume history of WWII. This volume deals with the U.S. Army ETO in post invasion France mainly July and August 1944. This is large military unit history and is a solid history filled with charts, maps and photo's and is Published by the U.S. GPO.

  8. 5 out of 5

    John F

    An older, book, more like an operational report, very detailed, gives a stunning account of the brutal fighting in Normandy especially the Bocage area and the breakout.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mike

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