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Rückzug: The German Retreat from France, 1944

Joachim Ludewig and David T. Zabecki


The Allied invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944, marked a critical turning point in the European theater of World War II. The massive landing on France’s coast had been meticulously planned for three years, and the Allies anticipated a quick and decisive defeat of the German forces. Many of the planners were surprised, however, by the length of time it ultimately took to defeat the Germans. While much has been written about D-day, very little has been written about the crucial period from August to September, immediately after the invasion. In Rückzug, Joachim Ludewig draws on military records ... More

Keywords: World War II, German Retreat, Normandy, D-Day, Western German front

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780813140797
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813140797.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joachim Ludewig, author

David T. Zabecki, editor

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Joachim Ludewig

Part 1 The Initial Situation Facing OB West in the Middle of August 1944: The Situation in Northern France and the Allied Landings along the Mediterranean Coast

Part 2 From the Retreat of the German Army in the West to the Climax of the Crisis: Combat Operations from August 20 to September 4, 1944

Part 3 Developments from the Climax of the Crisis until the Transition to Positional Warfare in the West: Combat Operations in September 1944


Joachim Ludewig