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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The Battle for Normandy Penguin Tracks “. Good analysis of the strategy and how things did not turn out as planned. Intermixed with the military history are sharp character sketches and fascinating side conversations that cover varied topics, such as P. This book was recommended my my son Russel who picked it up while traveling in Asia. He addresses controversies in military history – were the British in Normandy tired out beevpr fighting elsewhere?

Duke of Westminster Medal for Military Literature Army arguing with the organized and uniformed French troops for the honor of being the normqndy to enter Paris. We were beebor alone on one of the most famous battlefields in human history. This is deceptive as when you search for this title this is the “sponsored listing” that comes up. The Paris Uprising and the Race for the Seine.

Perhaps I just don’t know what I’m looking at. I picked this up because I felt I ddin’t know enough about D-Day.

The fact that there are regular maps throughout the books makes it easier to understand the complexity of the different components of the armies, and how each troop was located and the directions of their individual struggles, which would otherwise be very confusing as there are so many elements involved.

Beevor accords the French more space in his beevot of the tale. He also takes sides against Montgomery, for no readily apparent reason. And of course, in true Nattle Griswold fashion, my dad insisted on wearing a beret. Perhaps that was the truth. View all 4 comments.

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 Low Countries. The book batle still a good read, but may gloss over parts of the story that have gotten more attention in other works.


What followed them was some of the most cunning and ferocious fighting of the war, at times as savage as anything seen on the Eastern Front. Oct 06, Brad rated it it was amazing. We might ask about the quality of the men’s training that they would choose a farmhouse fr the likely source of normmandy shots, rather than the trees, hedgerows and other cover a soldier might use.

A former novelist it is now often forgotten that before concentrating on his historical work in the s, this author published four works of fictionBeevor is very good on what might in a novel or film be called the kitbag normanry, in which equipment is assembled, in this case in preparation for jumping from the C aircraft that would deliver paratroopers to the assault zone: The dead who lay beneath white stone did not all fall during the first day of the D-Day invasion.

View all 10 comments. European History 20th Century History: The high point, at least for me, was our trip to Normandy.

However, these are minor quibbles about an otherwise very fine book. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book.

We might ask about the quality of the men’s training that they would choose a farmhouse as the likely source o Beevor, at great length, tells us very little new. I literally could not put it down. The Best Books of Beevor maintains the tension throughout, while pointing out how, by mid, the quality of some German units in France was pretty low. October 13, Sold by: The Battle for Normandy.

Beevor objectively recounts the action from multiple perspectivesAmerican, British GBand German. 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.

In the 30 minutes before H-hour, the US 8th Air Force dropped 13, tons of bombs there, but because they did not want to hit the oncoming armada and flew in across the beaches rather than along them, the bombs missed, and German machine-gunners wreaked terror and chaos as the invaders disembarked.

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But, as the author says, if the landings had foundered, perhaps been delayed and then run into the major storm that hit in Mid June, what would have happened?


But still, the book manages to give the reader a chance to visua A good narrative of the battle and liberation of Normandy and Paris, the book tells the story of how the Americans, British, Canadian, normancy other Allied forces landed on France and began the bloody fight to liberate France and defeat Nazi Germany.

The Fall of Berlin Kindle Edition. Beevor details the difficult and often contentious internal relationships political and personal among commanders on both sides of nprmandy front and how those conflicts affected the course of battles and the men who fought them. This book goes straight onto my classic shelf. Although in retrospect it may seem unlikely, DeGaulle was the most steady and reasonable figure.

He mentions some of the less perfect aspects of the other commanders, but seems to single out Monty for particular attention and it becomes distracting. It is almost impossible for a reader not to get caught up in the excitement Giles Foden Guardian show more. If it weren’t for them, De Gaulle and his men would still have been sitting on their bottoms in England for who knows when.

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 c this book. War brings out the best and worst in people.

Review: D-Day: The Battle for Normandy by Antony Beevor | Books | The Guardian

A special tip of the hat to the total and incomplete incompetence of the egotistic, vain and sneakiness of General Montgomery, the British Supreme Commander. I read one of Anthony Beevor’s other books Stalingrad while I was bicycling and traveling by train across Turkey.

It continually created destruction and chaos in the German front and behind in their supply lines. Open Preview See a Problem? Enabled Amazon Best Sellers Rank: