Beyond the Beachhead

The 29th Infantry Division in Normandy


Book Description

Expanded edition with a new chapter on the final battles of the Normandy campaign

By 1945, the US Army had sixty-eight infantry divisions, forty-two of which fought in the great campaign in northwest Europe that began with the amphibious landings on D-Day and ended eleven months later with Germany's surrender. Beyond the Beachhead examines the experience of one infantry division-the 29th-during forty-five days of combat from Omaha Beach on D-Day to the liberation of St. Lô. Using interviews, official records, and unit histories and supplementing his narrative with meticulously detailed maps, Balkoski follows the 29th from the bloody landings at Omaha through the hedgerows of Normandy, illustrating the brutal realities of life on the front line.

About the Author

Joseph Balkoski is Command Historian of the Maryland National Guard and author of Omaha Beach (978-0-8117-3376-2), Utah Beach (978-0-8117-3377-9), and the classic Beyond the Beachhead (978-0-8117-3237-6). He has appeared as a D-Day expert on MSNBC, and his work has been praised by Joe Scarborough, the New York Post, the Washington Times, World War II magazine, and others. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

John C. McManus is Curators’ Distinguished Professor of U.S. military history at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. He has appeared on CNN, Fox News, C-SPAN, the History Channel, the Military Channel, the Discovery Channel, the Smithsonian Network, and PBS. His books include The Deadly Brotherhood: The American Combat Soldier in World War II, Deadly Sky: The American Combat Airman in World War II, The Americans at D-Day: The American Experience at the Normandy Invasion, The Americans at Normandy, Alamo in the Ardennes, and The Dead and Those About to Die: D-Day: The Big Red One at Omaha Beach.

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