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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Beevor draws upon his research in more than thirty archives in six countries, going back to original accounts and interviews conducted by combat historians just after the action.

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Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. The Battle of the Bulge. The Decision to Launch: A Selection from D-Day: The Battle for Normandy Penguin Tracks. The Fall of Berlin The Second World War. The Battle of Arnhem: In addressing D-Day, he faces much wider competition with historians like Stephen Ambrose and Max Hastings, who also use his method of integrating personal experiences, tactical engagements, operational intentions and strategic plans.

Beevor combines extensive archival research with a remarkable sense antonu the telling anecdote: He is sharply critical of senior commanders on both sides: His heroes are the men who took anyony invasion ashore and carried it forward into Normandy in the teeth of a German defense whose skill and determination deserved a better cause.

The result was a battle of attrition: 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. The reader finished this accessible beegor with the sense he has had a degree battke at Operation Overlord and its multinational cast Beevor is especially gripping in his account of the U.

Beevor is to be commended for emphasizing a troubling theme: Beevor gets better with each book. See all Editorial Reviews. Product details File Size: Penguin Books September 30, Publication Date: October 13, Sold by: Antoony this feature helpful? Thank you for your feedback.

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Please try again later. How I envy him. His recounting of Stalingrad got into the dirty details, both at the top and lower echelons. I admire him not just for the research that went into this book, and not just for his ability to write in such a way that the readers attention is in the mormandy of that prose, but because of Beevor’s even handedness. He treats the Allies, the Germans, and the French will equal candor. The ability to “take the role of the other,” as a sociologist described it, may seem like a small thing.

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Yet even military historians have shown a lack of that ability. The late Stephen Ambrose did a book on D-Day too, noting that the French civilians of Normandy and Brittany were more sullen that the civilians of the South. He offered no explanation and left us with the nofmandy that there are regional differences antoony national character.

But the fact is that the French civilians of northern France had plenty of reasons to be resentful, as well as many reasons to be grateful. Except for the French resistance made up of fractious elements, much like the Syrian insurgents todaythe French had lived in reasonable comfort among the Germans, whose orders regarding public behavior were strictly enforced. And, after all, we had just bombed the hell out of Normandy. The critical city of Caen had been literally flattened by bombs and artillery to no particular tactical advantage.

Crops were devastated and the fields dotted with the rotting carcases of cows. And by the time the Allies reached Paris — well, let me quote Beevor.

The French were also deeply shocked to see U. The contrast with off-duty German troops, who had been forbidden to even smoke in the street, could hardly have been greater. That second one, the liberation, would have been hilarious if it hadn’t been so serious and at times lethal. You have the U. Army arguing with the organized and uniformed French troops for the honor of being the first to enter Paris.

Then you had the civilian French resistance arguing with the uniformed French army. Then you had the leaders of the factions within the resistance — the nationalists, the communists, the marginal groups — arguing with each other. Although in retrospect it may seem unlikely, DeGaulle was the most steady beevog reasonable figure. That will give you some idea of how complicated this strictly symbolic issue was.

I won’t go on about it.

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Most other reviewers have hit the high spots of the bzttle and of Beevor’s writing skills. Beevor knows what he’s talking about and he tells the story well.


This work takes the reader from the night before the invasion to the liberation of Paris. I learned much about the topic I hadn’t read before.

The work which is refreshingly objective from each side of the conflict, part of the new genre’ of works that focus on what happened rather than try to instruct the reader in the good or evil of either side.

We are allowed to make those judgments ourselves. Beevor is easy to read, informative, and if you can say this about war, entertaining. One really 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. Units on a map are not necessarily a full strength well supplied unit in the field, but that is hard to see from OKW.

Meanwhile the shortcomings of the Allied leaders are not overlooked by some margin, particularly in this authors opinion that of Montgomery.

D-Day: The Battle for Normandy by Antony Beevor

I drop a star because I felt he laid it on a little heavy about Montgomery’s personality defects, like there were no others with similar issues that rise to that level of command. 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.

Perhaps that was the truth. At least we no longer treat the Allies as angelic hero’s we approach on our knees and the Germans as a faceless mass of evil. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. This review is specific to “D-Day: The Battle for Normandy Penguin Tracks “. This title is only a very short excerpt of the main book. It’s 33 pages long the full book is over pages. This is deceptive as when you search for this title this is the “sponsored listing” that comes up. When you click to the Kindle edition it shows a antonyy low price but it actually takes you to a 33 page excerpt of the book for the low price.

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