From Cotentin to Falaise, June–July 1944

Friedrich Hayn

A German view of D-Day, published in full in English for the first time.
Date Published :
June 2022
Publisher :
Contributor(s) :
Linden Lyons, Matthias Strohn
Series :
Die Wehrmacht im Kampf
Illustration :
16 maps
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781636241562
Pages : 200
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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The German view of D-Day, written by an Army Corps intelligence officer in Normandy at the time of the Allied invasion published in English for the first time.

A unique perspective on the decisive early weeks of the invasion in 1944, written by a German Army Corps Intelligence officer stationed in Normandy at the time of the Allied invasion, who during the invasion was the department head for enemy messages processing (Ic) in the staff of the LXXXIV AK. It discusses in detail the events leading up to the creation of Falaise Pocket, described by the author as "tragic turning point of an entire front." It discusses in detail the conditions in the American landing section and explains how the German troops based there came to be defeated.

About The Author

Linden Lyons holds a master’s degree in history from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. He also studied German at the University of Freiburg and librarianship at the University of Canberra. He is the translator for Panzer Operations, Vitebsk, and Leningrad in the Die Wehrmacht im Kampf series.

Matthias Strohn, MSt (Oxon), DPhil (Oxon), FRHistS, is Head of Historical Analysis at the Centre for Historical Analysis and Conflict Research, the British Army’s strategic think tank, Visiting Professor of Military Studies at the University of Buckingham, and a member of the academic faculty at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Matthias was educated at the universities of Münster (Germany) and Oxford. He holds a commission in the German Army and is a member of the military attaché reserve, having served on the defense attaché staffs in London, Paris and Madrid. Prior to this, he served as Military History Instructor at the German Staff College in Hamburg. He deployed to Iraq (with the British Army) and Afghanistan (with both the British Army and the German Bundeswehr). Matthias has published widely on 20th-century German and European military history; he has authored and edited 14 books and numerous articles.


Foreword by Matthias Strohn
Place Names
The first day
Up to the fall of Cherbourg
The breakthrough of the Americans
The Falaise Pocket
The Last Days
General considerations
The daily work of the Intelligence Section of an Army Corps


"The interaction among German command is interesting as it scrambles to patch lines. The book covers battles over D-Day beaches, US paratrooper drops, Cherbourg, hedgerows, Operations Cobra and Luttich, and Falaise Pocket formation and collapse."

- Historical Miniatures Gaming Society

“[A] unique, informative, and inherently fascinating study… absolutely essential and core addition to personal, professional, community, college, and university library World War II history collections.”

- Midwest Book Review

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