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D-Day: The Battle for Normandy (original 2009; edition 2010)

by Antony Beevor

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Title:D-Day: The Battle for Normandy
Authors:Antony Beevor
Info:Penguin Books (2010), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 608 pages
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Wow! This was a long hard read. Not because the writing or the language was difficult, they were, in fact a model of clarity. Beevor has the gift of melding the general story with minute personal details, some humorous, some deeply moving. The exceptional quality of the writing made me want to read every word and this, coupled with a frequent need to refer to the maps to understand who was doing what when to who explains the length of time I spent on this book. It is essentially a story of sacrifice, of young servicemen and of civilians. He uses the phrase "the martyrdom of Normandy" and made me realise the scale of it. I had some idea from my visit to the wonderful Memorial museum near Caen where that city's devastation made starkly clear, but this book points up the scale of the sacrifice made by the people of Normandy.
One of the reasons I added it to my to-read list was that I read a great book earlier this year about Operation Fortitude, the great deception about the site and timing of the invasion. This book tells us how successful that deception was, even after D-Day itself. Just to extend the links I was led to the aforesaid book by the Connie Willis epic double volumes of "Blackout" and "All Clear" ( )
  johnwbeha | Nov 18, 2015 |
One of the surprises for me here is something you rarely read about: how many American and British troops died from friendly fire. In an operation this huge, really unfortunate mistakes are made. ( )
  nog | Oct 26, 2015 |
  rouzejp | Sep 2, 2015 |
Excellently written book by an excellent author. Spends equal time on the British, Canadian, French, German and US forces but also involves the various political attitudes behind them all and how they interacted. Offers an unblinking look at the atrocities committed by both the Allies and the Germans during this campaign. At times hard to put down, and at times hard to read (due to the honest look at the atrocities). Everything a good history book should be in my opinion. ( )
  Luftwaffe_Flak | Feb 7, 2014 |
A story of D-Day ( )
  IraSchor | Oct 23, 2011 |
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This is a superb book and a model of the historian’s craft. It stands as the best one-volume history of this decisive military engagement.
Antony Beevor's impeccable attention to detail ensures that the horrors of the Normandy invasion are brought vividly to life..
All this was 65 years ago. The scars of Normandy have healed surprisingly quickly. Beevor’s book superbly brings the events of that summer to life again and reminds us of why we should never allow ourselves to forget them.

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From critically acclaimed world historian, Antony Beevor, this is the first major account in more than twenty years to cover the whole invasion from June 6, 1944, right up to the liberation of Paris on August 25. It is the first book to describe not only the experiences of the American, British, Canadian, and German soldiers, but also the terrible suffering of the French caught up in the fighting.… (more)

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