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D-Day: The Battle for Normandy

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A book by Antony Beevor

Beevor has established a solid reputation as a chronicler of WWII's great eastern front battles: Stalingrad and Berlin. In addressing D-Day, he faces much wider competition with historians like Stephen Ambrose and Max Hastings, who also use his method … see full wiki

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Author: Antony Beevor
Genre: History
Publisher: Viking Adult
1 review about D-Day: The Battle for Normandy

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  • Sep 3, 2009
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Mr. Beevor usually writes about the Eastern Front of World War II, so this new book is somewhat of a departure for him. Even so, he brings the same scholarship and meticulous writing to the invasion of Normandy and its aftermath.
Usually books on Overloard go into detail about the invasion and basically stop when it is successful. Mr. Beevor, however, follows the Allies through the entire fight up to and including the liberation of Paris. He covers a lot fo the ground written about in "Six Armies In Normandy", a book I read several years ago and enjoyed very much. This book is written in a style more conducive to easier reading and comprehension.
The author appears to fault Montgomery's pride and insobordination for some of the less than stellar results of the battle for Normandy after the success of the invasion. That is an approach fairly agreed upon by historians, and the upshot of it is that if Montgomery weren't so intent on following his own agenda, many more German soldiers could have been trapped in the Falaise "pocket". His failure to close the "pocket" enabled many Germans to escape, and the Allies would see a lot of them again during the Battle of the Bulge.
This is excellent historical writing, and it gets down to the level of individual soldiers in the field. I'm most proud of General Gavin, who was born and raised in my home town of Mount Carmel, PA, one of our local heroes. You can never read too much about D-Day, and this book is an excellent place to learn more about it and what happened beyond.

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