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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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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 |
An excellent overview. Not exhaustative but excellent none the less. MOntgomery doesn't come out of this well, and the Americans clearly did very well. It was shocking to hear some of the British tactics and the fact that at one point, we let most of a German army out of our grasp. Very good combination of both first person eye witness testimony & also military unit movements. Good maps, good photos & ended quite appropriately @ the capture of Paris, recommended ( )
  aadyer | Sep 2, 2011 |
The Americans contribution to the success of the Allied invasion cannot be in doubt after reading this book. Also, the French come out of this account very well, and Beevor is keen mention all the other nationalities involved on the Allied side. Great History always informs and deepens knowledge. Beevor succeeds here, with this reviewer who was surprised by his view on the British General Montgomery; who emerges from this account less well and is lambasted at almost every turn

This is brilliant descriptive history, and provides flashes of analysis. For the more serious historian or military thinker, this book will be a good starting point, but is aimed more for the general reader.

Beevor doesn’t pull any punches either; atrocities were committed by both sides. It is also clear that D Day was part war of attrition, part war of annihilation. In this sense, it was a consistent with most of the rest of the Second World War, rather than an aberration. ( )
  rory1000 | Jun 8, 2011 |
Probably best short description of the Normandy Campaign that I have read. It integrates the suffering of the French, which is good to see. As a Canadian, I believe he under-researched the Canadian contribution, but for all that he was objective. And the boy can write. Well done, a good read. ( )
  RobertP | Jan 8, 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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