Military history

Bibliography and a note on sources

The literature of the north-west Europe campaign in general and of Normandy in particular is vast. I have omitted many battlefield reminiscences, together with the invaluable regimental and divisional histories which are available for almost every British and American formation mentioned in the text. I have also left out a number of books whose accuracy has been the subject of such severe strictures as to make them of doubtful value to students of the period. I am deeply indebted to all those men, British, American and German, who have lent me contemporary letters, diaries, and narratives.

I have learned much about contemporary attitudes to the campaign from the files of The Times, the New York Times, the Daily Express and Picture Post, for whom my father served as war correspondent in Normandy. For this as for other books of mine, I must acknowledge the generosity of David Irving in lending documents and files he had assembled for his own researches. Among original sources which have proved especially valuable, I must mention Current Notes From Overseas, the weekly British tactical pamphlet circulated to unit commanding officers; the diaries of General Carl Spaatz, General Hoyt Vandenberg, Captain H. C. Butcher; the papers of Sir John Grigg; copies of papers pertaining to General Walter Bedell Smith, General Everett Hughes, Air-Marshal J. M. Robb, General George Patton, General Raymond Barker held in the Eisenhower Library; the personal diary of Brigadier N. Elliott Rodger, Chief of Staff II (Canadian) Corps; the superb after-action reports of US units in France; and of course, the SHAEF, War Office and War Department files in the US National Archive and the Public Records Office in London.

Ambrose, Stephen – The Supreme Commander, New York, 1970.

Aron, Robert – De Gaulle Before Paris, New York, 1962; De Gaulle Triumphant, New York, 1964.

Batchelor & Hogg – Artillery, New York, 1973.

Belchem, David – All in a Day’s March, London, 1967.

——, Victory in Normandy, London, 1981.

Bennett, Ralph – Ultra in the West, London, 1979.

Blumenson, Martin – Breakout and Pursuit, Washington, 1961.

Bradley, Omar – A Soldier’s Story, London, 1952

——, A General’s Life, New York, 1982.

Bryant, Arthur – The Turn of the Tide, London, 1957

——, Triumph in the West, London, 1959.

Butcher, Captain H. C. – My Three Years with Eisenhower, London, 1946.

Butler, J. R. M., & Gwyer, M. A. – Grand Stategy, vol. iii, London, 1964.

Carell, Paul – Invasion – They’re Coming, London, 1962.

Chalfont, Alun – Montgomery of Alamein, London, 1976.

Churchill, Winston – Triumph and Tragedy, London, 1954.

Collins, J. Lawton – Lightning Joe, Louisiana, 1979.

Cooper, Matthew – The German Army: Its Political and Military Failure, London, 1978.

Craven & Cate – The U.S. Army Air Forces in World War II, Chicago, 1951.

Cruikshank, Charles – Deception in World War II, Oxford, 1979.

De Guingand, Frederick – Operation Victory, London, 1960.

D’Este, Carlo – Decision in Normandy, London, 1983.

Dunn, Walter Scott – Second Front Now – 1943, Alabama, 1980.

Dupuy, Colonel T. N. – A Genius for War, London, 1977.

Ehreman, John – Grand Strategy, vol. v, London, 1956.

Eisenhower, Dwight – Crusade in Europe, New York, 1948.

——, Papers, vol. iii, Baltimore, 1970.

Ellis, Major L. F. – Victory in the West, vol. i, London, 1962.

Farago, Ladislas – Patton: Ordeal and Triumph, New York, 1963.

Farrar-Hockley, Anthony – Infantry Tactics 1939–45, London, 1976.

Fergusson, Bernard – The Black Watch and The King’s Enemies, London, 1950.

——, The Watery Maze, London, 1961.

Foot, M. R. D. – SOE in France, London, 1966.

Fraser, Sir David – And We Shall Shock Them, London, 1983.

——, Alanbrooke, London, 1982.

Gavin, James – On To Berlin, London, 1978.

Golley, John – The Big Drop, London, 1982.

Gosset & Lecomte – Caen pendant la Bataille, Caen, 1946.

Greenfield, Palmer & Wiley – The US Army in World War II: The Organization of Ground Combat Troops, Washington, 1946.

Grigg, John – 1943: The Victory That Never Was, London, 1980.

Guderian, Heinz – Panzer Leader, London, 1952.

Hamilton, Nigel – Montgomery: The Making of a General, London, 1981.

——, Montgomery: Master of a Battlefield, London, 1983.

Harrison, Gordon – Cross Channel Attack, Washington, 1951.

Hastings, Max – Bomber Command, London, 1979.

——, Das Reich, London, 1982.

Haswell, J. The Intelligence and Deception of the D-Day Landings, London, 1979.

Hinsley, Prof. F. H. & others – British Intelligence in the Second World War, vol. ii, London, 1981.

How, J. J. – Normandy: The British Breakout, London, 1981.

Howard, Michael – Grand Strategy, vol. iv, London, 1972.

Howarth, David – Dawn of D-Day, London, 1959.

Irving, David – Hitler’s War, London & New York, 1979.

——, The Trail of the Fox, London & New York, 1977.

——, The Rise and Fall of the Luftwaffe, Boston, 1973.

Ismay, Lord – Memoirs, London, 1960.

Joly, Cyril – Take These Men, London, 1955.

Jonson, G., & Dunphie, C. – Brightly Shone the Dawn, London, 1980.

Keegan, John – Six Armies in Normandy, London, 1982.

Kohn & Harahan (eds) – Air Superiority in World War II and Korea, Washington, 1983.

Lamb, Richard – Montgomery in Europe, London, 1983.

Lane, Ronald L. – Rudder’s Rangers, Manassas, 1979.

Lewin, Ronald – Montgomery as Military Commander, London, 1971.

——, Ultra Goes to War, London, 1978.

Liddell Hart, Basil – The Other Side of the Hill, London, 1951.

——, The Second World War, London, 1970.

Lovat, Lord – March Past, London, 1978.

Lucas, J., & Barker, J. The Killing Ground, London, 1978.

Macksey, Kenneth – Armoured Crusader, London, 1967.

Maule, Henry – Caen: The Brutal Battle and the Break-out from Normandy, London, 1976.

Marshall, S. L. A. – Night Drop, London, 1962.

McBryde, Brenda – A Nurse’s War, London, 1979.

McKee, Alexander – Caen, Anvil of Victory, London, 1964.

Montgomery, Earl – The Memoirs of Field-Marshal Montgomery, London, 1958.

——, Normandy to the Baltic, London, 1947.

Moorehead, Alan – Montgomery, London, 1947.

Morgan, F. E. – Overture to Overlord, London, 1950.

Nelson – Second Front Now – 1943, Alabama, 1980.

Palmer, Wiley & Keast – The U.S. Army in World War II: The Procurement and Training of Ground Combat Troops, Washington, 1948.

Patton, George S. – War as I Knew it, Boston, 1947.

Pogue, Forrest C – George C. Marshall, vols ii & iii, New York, 1965, 1973.

Roach, Peter – The 8.15 to War, London, 1982.

Rohmer, Richard – Patton’s Gap, London, 1981.

Ross, George MacLeod – The Business of Tanks, London (privately printed), 1976.

Ruge, Frederich – Rommel in Normandy, London, 1979.

Ruppenthal, Ronald G. – The U.S. Army In World War II: Logistical Support of the Armies, Washington, 1966.

Ryan, Cornelius – The Longest Day, London & New York, 1959.

Scarfe, Norman – Assault Division, London, 1947.

Scott, Desmond – Typhoon Pilot, London, 1982.

Seaton, Albert – The Fall of Fortress Europe 1943–45, London, 1981.

——, The German Army, London, 1982.

Shulman, Milton – Defeat in the West, London, 1948.

Speidel, Hans – We Defended Normandy, London, 1951.

Stacey, C. P. – The Canadian Army in the Second World War, vol. iii, Ottawa, 1960.

Strong, Kenneth – Intelligence at the Top, London, 1968.

Tedder, Lord – With Prejudice, London, 1966.

Van Creveld, Martin – Supplying War, London, 1978.

——, Fighting Power: German Military Performance 1914–45, Washington, 1980.

Warlimont, Walter – Inside Hitler’s Headquarters, London, 1962.

Webster & Frankland – The Strategic Air Offensive Against Germany, vol. iii, London, 1961.

Weigley, Russell F. – Eisenhower’s Lieutenants, London & New York, 1980. Weller, Jac – Weapons and Tactics: Hastings to Berlin, New York, 1966.

West, Nigel – M16: British Secret Intelligence Service Operations 1909–45, London, 1983.

Westphal, S. – The German Army in the West, London, 1951.

Wilmot, Chester – The Struggle for Europe, London, 1952.

Wilson, Andrew – Flamethrower, London, 1974.

Woollcombe, Robert – Lion Rampant, London, 1970.

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