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Browned Off and Bloody-MindedThe British Soldier Goes to War 1939-1945$
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Alan Allport

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300170757

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300170757.001.0001

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Second Front

Second Front

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(p.180) Chapter 10 Second Front
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Browned Off and Bloody-Minded
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Alan Allport

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300170757.003.0010

This chapter describes the participation of the British Army in Operation OVERLORD, the long-awaited Allied invasion of France in June 1944. The eleven-month expedition it was setting out on would be the shortest of the Army's four major campaigns between Dunkirk and V-J Day. But it would be the biggest. By September, 714,000 of the 1.7 million British troops outside the UK were with Montgomery's Anglo-Canadian 21st Army Group in France and Belgium, compared to just 499,000 in Italy and 242,000 in India and Burma. The chapter then discusses the British Army's invasion of Germany, which marked the first time it fought on the soil of an indisputably hostile nation.

Keywords:   British Army, France, invasion, Operation OVERLORD, D-Day, Germany, Normandy

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