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Army of the West: The Weekly Reports of German Army Group B from Normandy to the West Wall

Army of the West: The Weekly Reports of German Army Group B from Normandy to the West Wall

In May 1944 German Army Group B, headquartered in France, requested weekly reports from its commanders. These accounts included assessments of the general situation, estimates of the Allies situation, casualty figures, equipment losses, and descriptions of resistance activities. Commanded successively by Erwin Rommel, Günther von Kluge, and Walter Model, Army Group B bore the brunt of the Allied assault--D-Day, the Normandy campaign, and Operation Market-Garden--and these reports reveal what the German Army was thinking as it confronted the invasion.

Introduction

Chapter 1. Preparations for the Invasion and the Atlantic Wall, May 15–June 5, 1944

Chapter 2. From the Normandy Landings to the Surrender of Cherbourg, June 6–July 2, 1944

Chapter 3. The Fall of Caen to the July 20 Assassination Plot, July 3–July 23, 1944

Chapter 4. Operation COBRA and the Mortain Counteroffensive, July 24–August 7, 1944

Chapter 5. Encirclement in the Falaise Pocket, August 8–August 21, 1944

Chapter 6. Withdrawal across the Seine and the Miracle in the West, August 22–October 11, 1944

Appendix 1: German Commander Biographies

Appendix 2: German Army Order of Battle

Appendix 3: Chronology of Army Group B from Normandy to the West Wall