NORMANDIEFRONT

Copyright 1994

Vincent Milano

Published by spiess Publishing Co.  

  Synopsis


 DEDICATED TO THOSE WHO FOUGHT IN NORMANDY, 

ON BOTH SIDES

 

WITH SPECIAL THANKS TO:

ERICH TOBEY,  TED PETERSON,  BUCK SQUIRES,  DEAN STROM,  AND ABOVE ALL MY WIFE,  ELISABETH,  AND CHILDREN

 


The Editors Foreward

June 6 1944 saw the greatest seaborne invasion in history. Milliions of men were involved, on both sides, in this campaign. Through the years numerous books have been written on this subject, all taking on different aspects or interpretations of the fighting.

This book centers on one German division, the 352nd Infanterie Division, and it's involvement in Normandy. Often, the actions of this unit has been overlooked by historians who center on more elite or famous divisions when writing about the German side. However the 352nd plöayed one of the most important roles in the history of the campaign.

This work is purposely vague when discussing allied units and their actions. This is done in attempt to give the reader the same perspective the German commanders had and based their tactical decisions upon. The accounts of the surviving Veterans, both american and German, have been of great help in giving a view of of the invasion from the "foxhole". A few of these men had done history a great service by recording their individual accounts during or just after the war. But most have had these memories recalled by them during the interviews and correspondences of decades later. Painstaking efforts to verify and place these mens's experiences in the proper time and places have been made by the author.

 

Vince Milano

Epping, New Hampshire

March 5 - 1994

 


 

               

 

Feldmarschall Erwin Rommel 

 

General KraissCommanding 

General of the 352nd Inf Div

 

 

E. Goth

Commander of Gren Reg 916 / 352nd Inf Div

 

 II.GR 916 officers Lt Maas, Oberarzt Dr. Bahr, Lt Heinze. Spring 1944. 
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 Feldkueche, Gulaschkanone, of Stabskompanie GR 916 early Autumn 1943,
note early uniforms-common with many of the vets that formed the unit. 
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Obergrenadier Alois Meier. Pionier Zug, Stabskompanie GR 916, Copyright © 2002 by Vince Milano

 

 Squad of Eduard Schoetz, in center with X, to the right is Grendier Josef
Fuchs, Stabskompanie GR 916, Copyright © 2002 by Vince Milano

 

 

Grenadier Josef Geschwendtner, Stabskompanie GR 916, Killed in Action. Copyright © 2002 by Vince Milano

 

Grendier Eduard Schoetz, Stabskompanie GR 916. Reported Missing in Action. Copyright © 2002 by Vince Milano

 

Grenadier Karl Weisemueller, Stabskompanie GR 916. Was wounded on July 15. Copyright © 2002 by Vince Milano