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The 353rd Infantry Division’s Glory
German 353rd Infantry Division: Birth to Death
126 pages; 12 chapters and 2 appendixes
The 353rd Infantry Division’s Glory is an e-book that describes the glorious service
of a German Infantry Division. The German 353rd Infantry Division continued to
fight even when it was whittled down to one percent of its original strength. Yet the
353rd Infantry Division’s glory is relatively unknown. Many books listing the
German Army’s divisions in World War II don’t even mention the division. Yet the
353rd Infantry Division’s glory was an epic story of a group of average men who
never gave up. The 353rd Infantry Division’s glory is put in perspective when you
realize that in the US Army, if 30 percent of an infantry division become casualties, it
is considered hors de combat and removed to a rest area for reorganization. There
are several factors that make The 353rd Infantry Division’s Glory a unique book.
First of all, there are over twenty great maps in the book that enable the reader to
have rare insight into the battle behavior of the 353rd Infantry Division. In
addition, this editorialized e-book was heavily influenced by the commander of the
division, who was furnished with an entire staff after the war to help him reconstruct the
353rd Infantry Division’s glory from formation to annihilation.
“At about 2300, or later, on 28 July 1944, a radio message was received from 84th Infantry Corps HQ: 'The enemy has
broken through in the direction of Brehal. Divisions will break through the enemy located to their rear and proceed to the
south bank of the Seine River, which must be held. The 243rd Infantry Division will break out through Hambye, the 353rd
Infantry Division through La Baleine, and the 91st Air Landing Division through Gavray' (those three divisions were
subordinate to the German 84th Infantry Corps, which was commanded by a Panzer General).
The Commander of the 353rd Infantry Division decided to breach the enemy defenses by a night attack and, under cover
of darkness, to push to the south, via St Denis le Cast. To accomplish this mission, the division was regrouped as shown
on the attached map.”
Excerpt from The 353rd Infantry Division’s Glory
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