LIBERATION LINE: THE UNTOLD STORY OF HOW AMERICAN ENGINEERING & INGENUITY WON WW2

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May
Christian Wolmer 352 pages hardcover

There have been many books about D-Day and the Allied invasion of Europe that ended the World War Two. But one dramatic aspect of this story has been almost entirely ignored. Until now. "The Liberation Line" shows that without the incredible, indomitable work of the US Military Rail Service, and their counterparts in the British Royal Engineers, who overcame enemy attacks, sabotage, and booby traps to repair many hundreds of miles of destroyed railway tracks and dozens of bridges and tunnels, the invasion would almost certainly have foundered. But thanks to the startling creativity and leadership of American soldier-engineers like the General Emerson Ischtner and Colonel Sidney Bingham, whose men achieved apparently impossible things, the Allied armies could travel deep into Nazi-occupied territory at tremendous speed. "The Liberation Line" tells for the first time how more than 1,000 locomotives and 31,000 carriages were manufactured in secret in the United States and shipped to England, where they were hidden until D-Day; how, on General Patton's orders (and under General Itschner's leadership), more than 10,000 soldier-engineers repaired 135 miles of devastated track between Avranches and Le Mans, at times under enemy attack, in five days, enabling the US Third Army to reconquer Paris. This was followed by the creation of the Toot Suite Express, another staggering feat, which enabled several million tons of essential supplies to be be transported at speed from the Normandy coast deep into France. The engineers' final, triumphant effort was the restoration, also at breakneck speed, of a series of destroyed railway bridges over the Rhine into Germany and the immediate seizure, restoration and operation of the German rail system. None of these stories have ever been told. Drawing heavily on untouched archival sources in the US, UK, and France, and told with the enthusiastic support of relevant archivists and military authorities, "The Liberation Line" is a highly original, intensely dramatic story of American ingenuity, one which will delight readers for years to come