The Falaise Pocket

Normandy, August 1944

Yves Buffetaut

A highly illustrated account of the battle of the Falaise Pocket, Normandy 1944.
Date Published :
May 2019
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Casemate Illustrated
Illustration :
120 photos plus color profiles and maps
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781612007274
Pages : 128
Dimensions : 10 X 7 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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A highly illustrated account of the battle of the Falaise Pocket, Normandy 1944.

The battle of the Falaise Pocket, in August 1944, was the turning point in the Normandy campaign. By early August the German Army was in turmoil: while it was managing to hold back the Allies, the defense involved resources that could not be replaced, and the Allies ruled the skies above. In late July, American troops broke through the American lines and pushed south and east, while British and Canadian troops pushed south. Although unable to counter these offensives, Hitler refused to permit the commander Army Group B, Field Marshal von Kluge, to withdraw. Instead he was ordered to launch a counteroffensive at Mortain, the result being that the Germans ended up further into the Allied envelopment. On 8 August Montgomery ordered that the Allied armies converge on the Falaise area—by 21 August the Allies had linked up and sealed the pocket, trapping around 50,000 Germans inside. While many soldiers did eventually escape the encirclement, the losses were catastrophic and by the end of the month Army Group B had retreated across the Seine, ending the battle of Normandy. This illustrated account examines the battle from the failed offensive at Mortain, looking at both German and Allied perspectives, using maps, diagrams and profiles to complete the story.

About The Author

Yves Buffetaut is an internationally respected French military historian and editor of Histoire & Collections major magazine, Militaria. He lives in France.


"About 120 photographs combined with maps, diagrams and profiles recount the riveting story from both Axis and Allied viewpoints."

- Toy Soldier & Model Figure

"Buffetaut is to be commended for bringing this battle to our attention. Maps, illustrations, biographical sketches and an impressive layout of period photographs make this a work that merits the attention of maneuver commanders seeking to either enhance or initiate an understanding of the concluding events of the Normandy campaign."


‘’...another excellent addition to the series.’’

- Military Model Scene

"This is a superb series, primarily for the photos…"

- Miniature Wargames

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