Through thoughtfully constructed research, author Randolph Bradham vividly presents the battle for Normandy’s Cotentin Peninsula – one of the most important and yet under-studied operations of World War II.
This book provides a detailed overview of the battles that make up the Cotentin Peninsula Campaign, an important part of the invasion of Normandy. While historians often cite specific examples of the fighting that took place on the peninsula, most treat the battles as individual events or singular parts of the overall Normandy campaign. In this work Bradham takes a different approach, focusing on the unique set of battles that had to be fought in order for the Allies to secure their foothold on Normandy.
Bradham not only discusses the strategy used to secure the peninsula, but also gives detailed accounts of the major battles and tactical doctrine that was developed to fight them. Along the way he provides biographical information on the main actors, explaining how key personality traits along with personal relationships influenced their conduct while in battle. In doing so, the author outlines the effect of the campaign on the overall conduct of the war.
TO THE LAST MAN The Battle for Normandy’s Cotenin Peninsula and Brittany
The fighting for control of Normandy’s Cotentin Peninsula is often overlooked in accounts of the D-day campaign. Author Randolph Bradham corrects this neglect as he tells the story of each individual battle on the Cotentin, and also outlines the Allied strategy for gaining control of this vital area.