Breakout at Normandy: The 2nd Armored Division in the Land of the Dead
by Mark A Bando
Shortly after the establishment of the beachhead at Normandy, Allied troops found themselves unable to break through German defenses and into the ... Show synopsis Shortly after the establishment of the beachhead at Normandy, Allied troops found themselves unable to break through German defenses and into the French countryside. Author Mark Bando has interviewed more than 250 members of The 2nd Armored Division, a.k.a. Hell on Wheels -- the group that broke through only to find themselves trapped in one of the most terrifying, confusing, and carnage-filled battles of World War II. Their reminisces, along with 200 previously unpublished photographs from private collections, explain how the 600 men of lieU on Wheels penetrated the German line only to find themselves in "The Land of the Dead, " pinned between the Germans ahead of them and those behind -- live retreating divisions of 3,000 men with tanks and artillery. Both sides suffered heavy losses, but the 2nd Armored overcame the seemingly insurmountable odds. This is the most detailed account ever published about this pivotal, yet rarely covered, battle. The 2nd Armored Division's heroic efforts softened the German forces and allowed Patton and Montgomery to move through the area with relative ease.