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Operation Cobra

Author: Christopher Pugsley
Publisher: Stroud : Sutton, 2004.
Series: Battle zone Normandy, 12.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
Database: WorldCat
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Operation Cobra, launched at the end of July 1944, was designed to open a decisive gap in the German defenses facing the American forces in Normandy. General Omar Bradley, commanding the First US Army, decided to use aerial saturation bombing to destroy the German defenses and create a breach. An initial attempt on July 24th proved disastrous, as the bombers dropped some of their payload on the American front lines,  Read more...
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Title: Operation Cobra /
Database Name: WorldCat
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Pugsley
ISBN: 0750930152; 9780750930154
Notes: Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Content: Background to Cobra -- The German forces -- First US Army -- Cobra begins -- The break-out -- The drive on Acranches -- The Mortain counter-attack -- Tour A : The bombardment on break-in -- The break-out : St-Gilles to Coutances -- Avrances : the door to Brittany -- Mortain attack : the Northern thrust -- Mortain attack : the Southern thrust.
Description: 188 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps, portraits ; 24 cm.
Contents: Background to Cobra -- The German forces -- First US Army -- Cobra begins -- The break-out -- The drive on Acranches -- The Mortain counter-attack -- Tour A : The bombardment on break-in -- The break-out : St-Gilles to Coutances -- Avrances : the door to Brittany -- Mortain attack : the Northern thrust -- Mortain attack : the Southern thrust.
Responsibility: Christopher Pugsley.
Year: 2004.
Publisher: Stroud : Sutton,
Standard Numbers: LCCN: 2008431205; National Library: 012976361
Class Descriptors: LC Class No.: D756.5.N6; Dewey No.: 940.5421442
Series: Battle zone Normandy ;; Number: 12; Variation: Battle zone Normandy ; 12.
OCLC No.: 58556095

Abstract:

Operation Cobra, launched at the end of July 1944, was designed to open a decisive gap in the German defenses facing the American forces in Normandy. General Omar Bradley, commanding the First US Army, decided to use aerial saturation bombing to destroy the German defenses and create a breach. An initial attempt on July 24th proved disastrous, as the bombers dropped some of their payload on the American front lines, killing or wounding 150 men. Despite this, the bombing continued the next day. For three hours, 1,500 B-17 and B-24 bombers pummelled the target, supported by medium bombers and fighter bombers attacking with napalm. The few, shell-shocked German survivors either surrendered without a fight or fled. Even so, fierce fighting continued as the Americans strove to open up a passage for the armoured vehicles. On 26 July, VII US Corps advanced ten kilometers after crossing the Coutances-Saint-Lo road. Cracks started to appear in the German front and it collapsed the next day. The American armored divisions swept southwards and westwards. Entire German units were encircled, while others simply fell apart.
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