This book provides a day-by-day account of the forty-two days of fighting from Omaha Beach to Saint-Lo. Follow Lt. Allsup from the beaches at Hill 108 (the ‘bloody hill’), where he was injured, and Lt. Jones, who was among the first to enter Saint-L; a town destroyed by bombs, which was to become the graveyard of hundreds of Normans. On the opposing side, discover the fate of the fearsome ‘green devil’ paratroopers of General Schimpf and follow in the footsteps of paratroopers Erwin Schmieger and Rudi Frhbeisser, as they defend their armed camp, ensuring that every hedge will only be taken at the highest price. Objective Saint-L takes the reader along the little or unknown routes from the horrors of Omaha Beach to Trvires, La Cambe, Isigny, through the Aure valley to Hill 108, (‘Purple Heart Hill’) and Hills 192 and 122. As well as authentic eyewitness testimony, the book also acts as a field guide, including maps and both contemporary and modern photographs.
OBJECTIVE SAINT-LO 7 JUNE 1944 – 18 July 1944
French historian George Bernage is a superb historian of the Normandy campaign – and especially of the German forces. This book is well researched and very well written. Bernage provides insight into not only the critical Battle of St. Lo, but also the battles leading up to it, such as the Battle of Hill 192. Recommended reading for the student of the Normandy Campaign, the Battle of St. Lo, and the German Fallschirmjager formations – the Wehrmacht’s most elite infantry during the Normandy campaign – that took part in the battle