D-Day and the Liberation of France
Автор: JOHN C. DAVENPORT
Издательство: CHELSEA HOUSE PUBLISHERS
Год издания: 2010
Размер: 7 Mb
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Sitting amid the concrete fortifications and defenses, the Germans suffered an unnerving calm before the inevitable "storm in the west," as one of them put it. It was a gnawing anticipation shared by their newly appointed commander, Generalfeldmarschall (Field Marshal) Erwin Rommel. Known as the Desert Fox for his exploits fighting the British in North Africa, Rommel had been given command of Army Group B in France, a mix of infantry and armored divisions that would absorb the first and heaviest blows in any Allied invasion. Rommel was tense, to be sure; in the forthcoming battle he would be outnumbered in both manpower and equipment. True enough, initially the Allies would be fighting against the numerical odds; the German army in the West had more than 60 divisions. But Germany's combat reserves were nothing compared to those the enemy could put on the battlefield.