Buy D-Day: The Battle for Normandy by Antony Beevor (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible. D-Day has ratings and reviews. Matt said: Christmas break, my sophomore year in college, I went to England and France with my brother, my dad. Beevor has established a solid reputation as a chronicler of WWII’s great eastern front battles: Stalingrad and Berlin. In addressing D-Day.

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You have the U. The only thing difficult about this book was that I had no idea what comprises a division, regiment, norkandy, corps, etc. Thanks for telling us about the problem. So it is a bit surprising to see the British Beevor being very critical about Montgomery while giving Patton his due.

D-Day: The Battle for Normandy by Antony Beevor

antont It’s hard to noormandy weather my experience is tempered by being a bit burnt out on WWII at this point, or if my high expectations have colored my opinion. I had no idea. This 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.

Aug 11, Jay Waghray rated it it was amazing.

That was beevlr years ago. A lack of things that were open. Yet as Antony Beevor never fails to point out in this most humanitarian work of military history, French civilian losses were huge too; in the first 24 hours of Operation Overlord alone, more than 3, French civilians were killed — more than double the number of American GIs who died on Omaha Beach.

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He is not as beautiful a writer or as gifted a storyteller as Rick Atkinson, who recently covered this same time period in his magisterial The Guns at Last Light. Stagg’s meteorologists could not agree whether the weather for the invasion, originally planned for 5 June and various dates in May, would be suitable:.


While this is a very good book, it is not quite up to the standard Beevor set in Stalingrad and The Fall of Berlin, both of which I highly recommend.

He takes in the attrition battles before Caen; the bleak, bloody slog through the hedgerow country of Normandy, the dizzying breakout at St. Not because the writing or the language was difficult, they were, in fact a model of clarity. And of course, in true Clark Griswold fashion, my dad insisted on wearing a beret.

Beevor details the power struggles on both sides of the war and the effects that it had the plans of the army. 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.

I admire him not just for the research that went into this book, and not just for his ability to write in such a way that the readers attention is in the thrall of that prose, but because of Beevor’s even handedness.

German technology, training, weaponry, etc. Was this book pages short? We drove to the Antont landing beaches on empty roads. Assisted by bombers and airborne troops, Operation Neptune, the first phase of Overlord, was the precursor to a campaign intended to drive the Germans out of France and the Normabdy Countries. Beevor draws attention to the role of tanks and destroyers in finally blasting a way through the beach defences; the naval guns grew so hot from firing that they had to be continuously hosed down with water.

Brittany and Operation Bluecoat. We are allowed to dzy those judgments ourselves. The Battle for Normandy.


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Making use of overlooked and new material from over 30 archives in half a dozen countries, ‘D-Day’ is a vivid and well-researched account yet of the battle of Normandy. The Battle for Normandy by Antony Beevor: Having read this book, I now know it’s a mixed bag.

In his usual style, Beevor describes events from a wide range of perspectives, from the grand strategies of the leaders down to the experiences of ordinary soldiers and civilians. For example, the tales of French women snipers killed by US troops.

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Sep 02, Pramodya rated it it was amazing. He mentions some of the less perfect aspects of the other commanders, but seems to beebor out Monty for particular attention and it becomes distracting. Open Preview See a Problem?

In terms of blood, it really began.

For instance that many of the American soldiers shaved their heads for easier treatment of wounds and many of the shavers left a Mohawk. Churchill opposed the landings in the South of France, dqy wanted to move up through Greece and protect the Balkans and Yugoslavia etc from Soviet occupation Interestingly the author compares the savagery of the Normandy campaign as being on the same level as on the Eastern Front.

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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 beevr about the site and timing of the invasion. And by the time the Allies reached Paris — well, let me quote Beevor.

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