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D-Day: The Battle for Normandy Hardcover – Oct 13 2009
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As powerful and authoritative an account of the battle for Normandy as we are likely to get in this generation -- Max Hastings Sunday Times A brilliantly co-ordinated and almost overwhelmingly upsetting history. Beevor is singularly expert at homing in on those telltale human details that reveal just what it would have been like to be in Normandy in the summer of 1944 -- Craig Brown Mail on Sunday No writer can surpass Beevor in making sense of a crowded battlefield and in balancing the explanation of tactical manoeuvres with poignant flashes of human detail -- Christopher Silvester Daily Express Beevor's previous books led us to expect something special from D-Day, and he does not disappoint. Beevor has a particularly keen eye for the apercu or quotation that brings an experience - very often a gory one - to life -- Andrew Roberts Sunday Telegraph Compulsive. Beevor tells it all with the soldier's eye for what matters on the ground as much as with the historian's for the broader understanding of events -- Allan Mallinson The Times --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Antony Beevor is the author of Inside the British Army, Crete: The Battle and the Resistance, and several novels. With his wife, Artemis Cooper, he is coauthor of the critically acclaimed Paris after the Liberation, 1944-1949. Both Beevor and his wife were subsequently made Chevaliers de l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French government.
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This treatment of D-Day is the most logical as it spans from preparation of the invasion to the liberation of Paris. June 6th itself will always be an incredible day in history but including the bocage fighting, the breakout, and entering Paris provides greater context and understanding to D-Day overall. I read The Longest Day about thirty years ago and approximately twenty other books on D-Day since and believe that Beevor's is the most holistic and balanced especially his insights into German strategy and response.
As a proud Canadian, I appreciated his treatment of the Canadian contribution. Many of the histories have given the subject short shrift. The 'what-ifs' Beevor explores regarding the taking of Caen breaks new ground. Obviously mistakes were made and his new theories are incredibly interesting and valuable for the debate. I also appreciated the photographs included because many I had not seen before. And facts like most allied tanks were knocked out by artillery and close order anti-tank weapons rather than the vaunted and feared Tigers and Panthers add more texture and insight.
I highly recommend this work along with his others mentioned at the top of the review.
The allied command feared that the first wave of landing troops could experience up to 90% casualties. This was not so, and the landing went a lot better than expected. But the invading armies fell very short of their too ambitious objectives for the first day. Soon, they faced some of the crack units of the wehrmacht, and their progression was slow and costly. The allied had the advantage of overwhelming air superiority and of the support of the big guns on the battleships. The Germans never had a chance to push the allied forces back to the sea but they fought with greater determination than many of the allied divisions. For more than a month, British and Canadian troops progressed at snail's pace on the eastern part of the front. It took more than a month for the Americans to break the deadlock in the western part of the front. Then the German line collapsed: Paris was liberated; the allies reached Antwerp in September.
Like in his previous books, the author never loses track of the human perspective. After reading this book, I can measure better than before the terrible cost of the battle of Normandy. It was a battle of attrition that the Germans had no hope to win, but victory came at a very heavy price for the allies.Read more ›
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Great Book! Objective in it's scope as he looks at both sides. At one point he describes how the Germans were shell shocked, trembling with fear, too paralized to light up a... Read morePublished on Oct. 22 2012 by Raoul The Great
From what I have read so far in Beevor's book, it is littered with too many historical inaccuracies for my liking and feels like a throw back to the revisionist works of the 1980s;... Read morePublished on July 22 2011 by Carl
I just finished Anthony Beevor's book and I can recommend it but not strongly. For those of you who are aware of Anthony Beevor's previous work on The Fall of Berlin 1945, the... Read morePublished on Jan. 9 2010 by Stewart Kiff
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