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 Defending Fortress Europe provides readers with the first English-language account of what the Germans were saying in their own words during the Normandy campaign.

     US Army historian Mark Reardon departs from familiar convention by combining a mixture of modern scholarship with primary source material written over 65 years ago. The primary source material consists of the record of daily activities, covering the period from 6 June to 26 July 1944, compiled by a staff officer from the 7th Army's operations and planning section. This record, known as the Kriestagebuch (Daily War Diary), served not only as a historical reference, but also as an aide-memoire for the commanding general and his staff. Material from Army Group B and OB-West opens each chapter, providing a context for the 7th Army war diary that follows.

     Reardon adds introductory chapters to set the scene for the combat to begin on 6 June. In the concluding chapters he describes subsequent action and analyzes Normandy in a broader perspective.

Defending Fortress Europe
The War Diary of the German 7th Army in Normandy, 
6 June-26 July 1944
by Mark J. Reardon 
  • 19 maps
  • 41 photos
  • 352 pages
  • Softcover, 6" x 9" format
  • ISBN 13: 978-0-9717650-3-0

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