Death in the Falaise Gap

Death in the Falaise Gap

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After D-Day, the Allies sought to encircle and destroy the German Seventh Army and Fifth Panzer Army (part of which effort included an unsuccessful air campaign that remains controversial to this day), leaving tens of thousands dead. The campaign leading to the formation of the Falaise Pocket is rife with myths, and in this book Jack Livesey has gone back to primary sources to throw new light on what actually happened. Addressing every aspect of the battle, from both the ground and air conflict to the roles played by the different nations, he offers a definitive account of a controversial campaign. He brings his extensive technical expertise to bear when discussing the capabilities and shortcomings of the weapons involved (some of them revolutionary, such as napalm) and examines the real effectiveness (or lack of it) of the rocket-firing Typhoons of the RAF's Tactical Air Force. Were the Germans really finally routed, as many have said? Livesey says no.
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  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 152.4 x 241.3mm | 454g
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0752448552
  • 9780752448558

About Jack Livesey

Jack Livesey is a technical military historian and author of several books including The World Encyclopaedia of Armoured Fighting Vehicles. He spent 20 years in the army in the Parachute Regiment, and completed five tours of duty in Northern Ireland, where he won the M.M. He worked for the Imperial War Museum before becoming a freelance historian and researcher, appearing on television as a historical advisor on fortifications, armoued vehicles, and armaments of the 20th century. He was a military adviser for Saving Private Ryan and Band of Brothers.
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