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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Let me stress that this is beevir good book, not a great flr. The book manages to give an impression of both the large and the small view of war, and points out how the slaughter in Normandy spared the rest of France a protracted war. Anyone who’s read Stephen Ambrose will antoony this as a direct contradiction of the heart-warming twaddle that he peddles, and perhaps Ambrose doesn’t warrant explicit insult.

This book goes straight onto my classic shelf. 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. 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 antny the beaches rather than along them, the bombs missed, and German machine-gunners wreaked terror and chaos as the invaders disembarked.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. To be sure, Beevor has some harsh words for many of the Allies, particularly Montgomery whose reputation was always questioned, but who has taken an even more severe beating in the postwar years.

I picked this up because I felt I ddin’t know enough onrmandy D-Day. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of The critical city of Caen had been literally flattened by bombs and artillery to no particular tactical advantage. The Battle for Normandy tells the story of D-Day and the many hard days after.


Books by Antony Beevor. The ability to “take the role of the other,” as a sociologist described it, may seem like a small thing.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. But with D-Day he was faced with a great problem, in that many more writers have tackled the subject previously. Great book if you want lots of details gleaned from original sources.

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View all 10 comments. I’ll confess that I prefer those narratives following individuals or units through for that “what it was like for someone throughout”, though Beevor makes some outstanding use of vignettes and short recollections or anecdotes to show the situati As comprehensive and readable as you may find.

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View all 5 comments. Beevor is sharply critical of Montgomery, seeing his egocentricity and lack of imagination as a diplomatic and political failure as well as tactically costly. So after a protracted mourning period, I moved on. The Battle for Normandy is a sturdy, well-constructed history.

D-Day: The Battle for Normandy by Antony Beevor

His recounting of Stalingrad got into the dirty details, both at the top and lower echelons. Preview — D-Day by Antony Beevor. The Battle for Normandy Penguin Tracks. English Choose a language for shopping.

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

The scale of the undertaking was simply awesome. I had the sense that he was engaged in arguments with other writers, but had chosen or been encouraged not to make those disagreements explicit. One beevro grasps how difficult the German command structure had become by June and how it was further complicated by the attempt on Hitler’s life in July. We were absolutely alone on one of the most famous battlefields in human history. Also glossed over in other accounts were instances of allied war crimes especially the shooting of prisoners.


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D-Day : The Battle for Normandy

You’re left wondering how many people died because of his blunders and arrogance. Beevor says that it wasn’t Allied forces’ material superiority but their successful use of combined arms and their high learning curve that were decisive in a victory that shaped postwar Europe.

Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. EisenhowerGeorge S. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Perhaps the vattle difference would be in combat fatigue. Ernest Hemingway even makes a brief and typically macho cameo, as a war correspondent courting the fourth Mrs.

The oddness, of course, is that the Allies won the war, with this reality attributed to some vaguely defined inevitability. I have to say that I found much of the book to be absolutely valuable.

A special tip of the hat to the total and incomplete incompetence of the egotistic, vain and sneakiness zntony General Montgomery, the British Supreme Commander. Having read this book, I now know it’s a mixed bag. The book lays out the plannings that preceded D-day landings, incidents that took place on that particular day and throughout the battle in France till the events of post-liberated France.

Beevor does a great job explaining how they overcame the: What I found most interesting was the mention of small details.