This is the story of what was perhaps the longest ongoing battle in Europe during the Second World War.
1940 The Beginning The Vichy Government Bombardment U-Boat Menace The Resistance Personal Experiences 1941 Expansion of U-Boat Bases The Resistance 1942 U-Boat Destruction British Commando Raid on St. Nazaire Bombardment--Enter the United States of America 1943 Apocalypse Turning Point in the Atlantic Bombardment Intensifies French Forces of the Interior: Origin of Personal Stories 1944 Germans on the Defense French Forces of the Interior Battle Germans Battle of Saint Marcel 1944: July, August, September Breakout and Engagement Allies and French Forces of the Interior on the Offensive The Tragedy of Hennebont The 83rd Division Captures 20,000 Germans 1944: October, November, December Ground War: 94th Infantry Division Takes Over French Battle Germans South of the Loire River The Sinking of the Leopoldville 1945 Enter the 66th Infantry Division Personal Combat Experiences Official Record of the 66th Infantry Division French Forces Reorganize and Strongly Hold the Line Surrender Monuments
RANDOLPH BRADHAM is a retired thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon who practiced in Charleston, South Carolina, for 40 years. Formerly a staff-sergeant squad leader in Company E, 262nd Regiment, 66th Infantry Division, he fought in Brittany against the Germans contained in St. Nazaire and Lorient.
"A compelling account of the people and events at Lorient and St.
Nazaire that recounts the German invasion, nearly five years of
occupation and Allied bombardment, and finally liberation after the
German surrender. Of importance to all readers of World War II and
military history, this book is a must read especially for those
interested in the U-boat war."-James P. Duffy author of Hitler's
Secret Pirate Fleet
"A solid, informative and interesting recounting of the defeat of the Nazi armies. While detailing the efforts of the Allies to seize the headquarters of Hitler's submarine fleet, Bradham also provides fascinating individual anecdotes of the courage exhibited by American soldiers."-Ed Koch former mayor of New York City
"Randy Bradham did a great service by writing this book. Many of our colleagues from World War II are not around anymore, and for this veteran to step back and relate what happened 60 years ago is a most unexpected gift to our nation. I know veterans will want to read this; but I hope all Americans, especially the children, will read it so they understand the sacrifices their grandparents made so that future generations can enjoy the freedoms on which our country was founded."-Senator Ernest F. Hollings D-South Carolina
?Bradham's Hitler's U-Boat Fortresses suggests new areas of research. The story of the defeat of the U-boat menace in World War II is about more than cracking codes, introducing carrier-based aircraft, and developing improved anti-submarine warfare technologies, but also includes the war against U-boat ports with the attendant "collateral" damage to civilians.?-H-German
"Bradham's Hitler's U-Boat Fortresses suggests new areas of research. The story of the defeat of the U-boat menace in World War II is about more than cracking codes, introducing carrier-based aircraft, and developing improved anti-submarine warfare technologies, but also includes the war against U-boat ports with the attendant "collateral" damage to civilians."-H-German