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This book was written and published by 21st Army Group in 1946 as a record of the ordnance services of the Army Group from the invasion in 1944 to the end of the war. It is a fascinating read and is well illustrated, with good maps to clarify the narrative. It fits in well with Administration History of 21st Army Group, also reprinted by MLRS. It shows how important these services were to the continued operation of the Army Group in defeating the Germans in Europe.
The Administration of 21st Army Group from D-Day to the end of the war with Germany. The original book was produced by the admin staff of 21 Army Group at the end of the war, and covers all aspects of supply from D-Day tot he end of the war, with an important section on the artificial harbours at Arromanches. It includes all the aspects of war normally disregarded by the military historian unless there was a problem - this is a success story and the volume is of fundamental importance in understanding what the "sinews of war" are. Complete with all appendices, maps, flow charts, graphs and diagrams. 156 A4 pages (softbound) plus Appendices A-U and all diagrams.
Major Wilbeck wrote this study on the heavy German Tank Battalions for his Masters Degree in Military Art and Science, and did a very good job. He covers the organisation of these battalions, consisting almost exclusively of Tiger tanks and their employment up to Operation Citadel and afterwards. The text is well written and accompanied by colour maps of the important engagements. Recommended as a study of how the big tanks were used by the Germans in the Second World War.
The detailed story of the D-Day landings on Gold Beach, 6 June 1944. The paper begins with an analysis of German defences and the German Army in June 1944, and then gives an exact history of the landings on Gold Beach and particularly operations by 30 Corps to establish a beachhead on that day. It includes references to 79th Armoured Division and Hobart's "funnies" as well as all other formations active. This goes into the detail of the landing in much more detail than any other publication, and is essential for an understanding of what really happened on the "longest day." See also our D-Day: I Corps and D-Day: Utah and Omaha Beaches
I Corps operations on D-Day, 6 June 1944. Operations on Juno and Sword Beaches during the invasion of France in 1944. This volume covers I Corps, 6 Airborne Division, 3 Canadian Division, 51 (Highland) Division and 3 British Division on the day. Each part of the operation is covered in great detail, with descriptions of actions and enemy reactions. This is the paper from which the official history of this part of the operation was drawn and it is far more detailed and descriptive than that work. Essential for any stidy of the D-Day operation, and a companion volume to our D-Day: 30 Corps. 240 A4 pages, with a separate volume of A3 maps and charts.
This volume continues the story of the D-Day operations from 7 to 16 June. It covers 21 Army Group, 30 Corps, I Corps and enemy reactions to operations. It also gives details of the colossal administrative tasks involved to land reinforcements and supply and maintain the landed troops. This is another volume in our very successful series of CAB papers reprints, and is complemented with other papers relating to D-Day and subsequent operations. Illustrated with 10 A3 colour maps.
This reprint completes the series published by MLRS Books, covering the American assault in the west on D-Day, 6 June 1944. The text is the British War Office history of the US operation and is accompanied by official British maps and US maps of the beaches, the airborne operations of 82 and 101 US airborne divisions, and the first moves inland. Readers should also know that D-Day: 30 Corps and Gold Beach and D-Day: I Corps and Juno, Sword and Band Beaches are also available from MLRS Books.
Hitler's War Directives have been published before, but never with the accompanying papers in this volume. In all there are 300 high level directives covering ever aspect of the war as it affected Hitler and his High Command. A rare chance to examine Hitler's strategy and his thinking, as well as that of Keitel, Jodl, Doenitz and Bormann. Of great value in understanding German strategy.
This is the outline plan for the Allied landing at Anzio in January 1944. The aim was to establish a bridgehead with a flanking movement by sea, to relieve troops to the south on the mainland of Italy who were bogged down in their advance towaords Rome. The result was five months of fierce fighting and little to show for the effort until May 1944. This document also includes a wealth of material on the preparations for the landing, including beach surveys by Special Boat Section (as it then was) and there is a detailed and full order of battle of all the units and troops planned for the operation. With beach diagrams and plans and many tables.
"Forcible entry" is a euphemism for invasion. This paper looks at the German invasion of Norway and draws conclusions from that operation for present day operations of the same nature. The important element of the paper is, however, the re-examination of the German operations. Complete with OrBats and maps.
The Balkans have been a part of European military history for centuries, and, as recent experiences have shown, there is a breed of men in the area ready and willing to fight virtually anyone, whether neighbour or invader. This is the story of the four year struggle for domination waged by the Germans and their allies in this region against Greek, Jugoslavian and Albanian resisters, and it covers the general conditions in the Balkans (including the people), the rise of the resistance, and the guerilla movements, together with descriptions of the main operations against the guerillas. It is a very good study of anti-guerilla warfare and the limitations imposed upon conventional forces in asymmetric warfare.
German source documents on German defences in France 1940-1944 and the signs of impending danger. There is a complete copy of FM von Rundstedt's report on the defences and the divisions stationed in France in October 1943 and Hitler's Directive No. 51. It also covers Rommel and his arrival on the scene in France, together with the tactical aspects of coastal defence, estimates of enemy intentions, methods of defence available and the West Wall, and is completed with intelligence reports from Fremde Heere West (Foreign Armies West). This is the first part of our two-part publication on the German side of D-Day. The other publication is D-Day: German Operations, also available from MLRS Books. 84 A4 pages, softbound.
Infantry Notes deals with recommendations for improvement in various infantry matters following the end of the Second World War. Subjects include Training and Doctrine (especially the 3-in Mortar), and Equipment and Development of Infantry Weapons. There are some important photographs of proposed new equipment and weapons. The pamphlet summarises what the infantry was perceived to need based on experiences during the war. Interestingly some of the equipment has been introduced, albeit in a differing form.
This title covers operations of the Japanese 15th Army from the conquest of Burma. It includes preparations for the invasion of India, operations at Imphal, the Salween River, the Chin Hills and Rukawng. Imphal is looked at in some detail and the operations involved, including Kohima, Sengmai, Bishenpur and the withdrawal to the Sangshak area. It concludes with the withdrawal from Eastern India.Of significance are the parts of the narrative that deal with the two Chindit operations, Japanese reaction to these raids and the way the Japanese fought against Wingate's men.Recommended.
The author was Intelligence Officer of the LRDG from July 1940 to February 1943, and, as such, was very much "in the know" on plans and operations. Well written with ample photographs and supported with relevant maps this is an excellent history of these special forces troops who operated almost alone in the Western Desert.