The definitive account of the Normandy invasion by the bestselling author of Stalingrad and The Fall of Berlin 1945
From critically acclaimed world historian, Antony Beevor, this is the first major account in more than twenty years to cover the whole invasion from June 6, 1944, right up to the liberation of Paris on August 25. It 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. More French civilians were killed by Allied bombing and shelling than British civilians were by the Luftwaffe.
The Allied fleet attempted by far the largest amphibious assault ever, and what followed was a battle as savage as anything seen on the Eastern Front. Casualties mounted on both sides, as did the tensions between the principal commanders. Even the joys of liberation had their darker side. The war in northern France marked not just a generation, but the whole of the postwar world, profoundly influencing relations between America and Europe. Beevor draws upon his research in more than thirty archives in six countries, going back to original accounts, interviews conducted by combat historians just after the action, and many diaries and letters donated to museums and archives in recent years.
D-Day will surely be hailed as the consummate account of the Normandy invasion and the ferocious offensive that led to the liberation of Paris.
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D Day was an area of military history that I hadn't explored for sometime. Mr Beevor's work on the largest military invasion ever was a compelling narrative, that also provided me a 360° perspective of all the key actors and the impact on the innocent and not so innocent civilians caught amongst and in the aftermath of that mighty and savage battle. A great read.
-Absorbing... The reader finished this accessible history with the sense he has had a 360-degree look at Operation Overlord and its multinational cast... Terrifing reading.---USA Today -A dramatic, important, and instructive story, and Beevor tells it surpassingly well.---The Washington Post -Where the book really scores is in its eye for the operational detail and its vivid reconstructions of the experience of battle, as unavoidable courage mixes with arbitrary tragedy.---Lawrence Freedman, Foreign Affairs -Beevor excels in recounting, from interviews with veterans and from the testimony of soldiers' letters and reports, just what a bloody campaign the invasion was... Beevor is especially gripping in his account of the U.S. 120th Infantry... Beevor is to be commended for emphasizing a troubling theme: the inferiority of much Allied equipment.---The Wall Street Journal -His account of atrocities on both sides, of errors committed and of surpassing bravery makes for excellent - though often blood-soaked - reading. Beevor gets better with each book.---Kirkus Reviews (starred review) -Beevor has written an in-depth campaign history...that should be read by beginners and experts alike.---Library Journal
For Ages: 18+ years old
For Grades: 12
Number Of Pages: 624
Published: 28th September 2010
Publisher: Alpha Books
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.3 x 14.0 x 3.4
Weight (kg): 0.54