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. “Glorious, horrifying D-Day is a vibrant work of history that honors the sacrifice of tens of thousands of men and women.”—TimeBeevor’s.

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Montgomery had many faults, but he was in charge of the battle of Normandy and he did win it, decisively, and ahead of schedule. In fact obnoxious personalities and stupid ideas of many major players are revealed, including Churchill. The author also discusses at length the bomb plot, and how the Besvor officers were deluded into thinking that assassinating Hitler would allow them to make a separate peace with the British and Americans Biggest invasion of all time.

Got myself a nice hardcover copy. The Battle for Normandy is a sturdy, well-constructed history.

D-Day: The Battle for Normandy by Antony Beevor: review

Beevor is somewhere between Ambrose who provides much more detail on the experience of the individual soldiers, particularly infantry and Liddell Hart and Keegan, who take a more professional, tactical and strategic view. Beevor’s descriptions of the actions provided an amazing context when trying to visualize what happened at certain locations. A good book to go to for a detailed account of D-Day and follow-up stages, with a fair balance between the perspective of generals and soldiers.

Beevor details the difficult and often contentious internal relationships political and personal among commanders One of the most comprehensive accounts of the invasion I have ever read. Accruing greater detail, he has made use of overlooked and new material from more than 30 archives in half a dozen countries. It is almost impossible for a reader not to get caught up in the excitement Giles Foden Guardian show more.

But Beevor, unlike, say, Max Hastings, is more charitable in his observations, and more cognizant that war is an imperfect practice, and that battles are not fought on maps, with pushpins, but on physical terrain, amongst human beings. This title is only a very short excerpt of the main book.


There is also a chapter devoted to the July 20th plot against Adolf Hitler. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. With 11 of the 13 amphibious trucks carrying howitzers sinking, some men landing miles from the designated sites, and German mortar shell explosions turning beach pebbles into grapeshot, the beach soon resembled an abattoir.

The main reasons for allied success are pinpointed as the speed of advance by US motorised divisions and Hitler’s refusal to allow a flexible defence. The oddness, of course, is that the Allies won the war, with this reality attributed to some vaguely defined inevitability.

The fact that there are regular maps throughout the books makes atnony easier to understand the complexity of the different components of the armies, and how each troop was f and the directions of their indi Wow. The high point, at least for me, was our trip to Normandy. The Battle for Normandy. Write a customer review. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. The Downfall and other books.

Beevor details the power struggles on both sides of the war and the effects that it had the plans of the army. I’ve read his “The Fall of Berlin,” which was also excellent. Oct 06, Brad rated it it was amazing. May 24, David rated it it was amazing.

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we’ll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Not Enabled Screen Reader: Perhaps I just don’t know what I’m looking at. Read reviews that mention battle for normandy liberation of paris antony beevor world war omaha beach longest day normandy campaign eastern front stephen ambrose d-day the battle french civilians fall of berlin well written anthony beevor military history falaise batyle well researched british and canadian highly recommended cornelius ryan.

The German high command is rightly also coruscated by Beevor, particularly for the absurd system whereby there was no central command in France at the time of D-Day, with responsibilities being shared between Rundstedt and Rommel, who profoundly disagreed about how to deal with the invasion. Beevor is one of the few modern writers of WW2 history that can take a subject that is to me old and shelf-worn and make it fresh and exciting again.


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 beevof Last Light.

In doing this Beevor gives the reader a better perspective of what war is really all about. Interesting to note is Beevor taking Montgomery to task for his unimaginative generalship and his egotistical refusal to admit error.

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But still, the book manages to give the reader a chance to visualize those events on the ground: East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Like Telegraph Books on Facebook. The Plot against Hitler. For all I know this book is pearls before my swine eyes. Excellent book with very good narration. But overall, it was painstakingly and meticulously researched material put together with brilliant setting and writing as per usual.

D-Day: The Battle for Normandy by Antony Beevor

Is this feature helpful? I didn’t after the first fifty pages. As the author points out the total air dominance of the Allies was probably their supreme advantage through-out the long Normandy campaign. Cigarettes and lighters, together with other essentials, such as a washing and shaving kit, water-purifying tablets, 24 sheets of toilet paper and a French phrase book, went into the musette bag slung around the neck, along with an escape kit consisting of a map printed on silk, hacksaw blade, compass thee money.

The French were also deeply shocked to see U. You always read how grateful fay Normans were for their liberation. It was a beautiful place and the bluffs overlooking Omaha Beach were stunningly dramatic.