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The German Army in France, 1944, Normandy
A German Army Waits in Normandy
The German Army in France, 1944
© 2009
354 pages; 28 chapters, 1 special report, and 7 appendixes
In 1942, a British agent stole the plans of the Atlantic Wall, which described
the technical details of the
German fortifications along the French Coast.
He stole a map that was 10 feet long and more than 2 feet wide, which arrived
in London on June 21, 1942; two years
before the invasion of Normandy.
In the meantime, a
German Army waits in Normandy.
The huge map read by British Intelligence included the technical
specifications of the principal fortifications, which were clearly marked, as well
as the range and firing angles of every artillery battery. In addition, the map
included the positions of German ammunition and supply dumps, telephone
communication systems, and command posts.
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“The zbV 752nd Infantry Regiment (`zbV' translates roughly as "for special employment") was a redundant headquarters
staff that was pressed into service to control a hodgepodge of coastal defense units in France. In early April 1944, it
controlled the 281st Ost and the 629th Ost battalions. But by 6 June 1944, however, it controlled the 636th Ost and the
797th Ost battalions, as well as several security units in the city of Granville and the three battalions of the German 30th
Mobile Brigade.
By any estimation, the zbV 752 Regiment was an ordinary, unimportant unit. It does, however, illustrate an important idea:
By employing the redundant headquarters to control a motley collection of Russian P.O.W.'s, the Germans saved
themselves an entire coastal division. Along the stretch of coastline between the German 243rd Infantry Division on the
Cotentin Peninsula and the German 77th Infantry Division on the Brittany Peninsula stood only the zbV 752 Regiment to
cover a distance of over eighty kilometers of coastline along the Cotentin Peninsula in France from April through June
1944.
History, of course, proved the wisdom of this expediency. The 752nd Infantry Regiment for Special Employment was made
up entirely of Soviet volunteers.”
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A German Army Waits in Normandy to defend the Atlantic Wall in France in 1944
Later, British Intelligence discovered that Organization Todt, which drew up the plans and carried out the construction of the
Atlantic Wall, did not report the theft of their plans to the Gestapo or any German headquarters. Continuous Allied aerial
photography subsequently revealed that the
German Atlantic Wall plans marked with thick red letters, Streng Geheim (top
secret), was
built along the French Atlantic Coast as planned. In the meantime, a German Army waits in Normandy.
The
German Army that waited in Normandy had a heart, a sole, muscle, and sinew. It was a great, throbbing beast of war. Its
tens of thousands of guns and tanks, and mines and obstacles, were manned by over a million German troops and foreign
volunteers from all over Europe, who were determined to throw back the allied invasion of Western Europe.
It is 1944, hundreds of
allied combat units prepare for D-Day and a German Army waits in Normandy. The German
Army in France in 1944
was a heterogeneous force of fourth class and first class combat units manned by Germans and
foreign volunteers of every stripe.
A German Army Waits in Normandy is a unique e-book; it tells the story of selected units
of the
German Army, as described by officers in those units, who defended the Atlantic Wall of Fortress Europe against
the marauding allies. The organization and preparation, of the
German Army in France in 1944, is described by the men
who fought there.
A German Army Waits in Normandy: The German Army in France in 1944 is an amazing e-book and an
editorial triumph.
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