D-Day and the Battle for Normandy

Book - 1984
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On June 6, 1944, the American and British armies staged the greatest amphibious landing history to being Operation Overlord, the battle for the liberation of Europe. Despite the Allies' absolute command of sea and air and vast firepower, it took ten weeks of fierce fighting for them to overpower the tenacious, superbly skilled German army. Now, forty years later, British war correspondent and military historian Max Hastings has drawn on many interviews and newly available documents to construct a dense, dramatic portrait of the Normady invasion that overturns the traditional legends.
Publisher: London : M. Joseph, 1984.
ISBN: 9780718123260
Characteristics: 368 pages, [24] pages of plates :,illustrations, maps ;,24 cm.


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Jul 06, 2014

Very much worth reading. Especially noteworthy is that the author refrains from the usual use of invective when referring to Germany and Germans - with some exceptions and which mars much of WW1 and WW2 allied history writing. Interesting the use of such invectives by Allied commanders being cited. Hastings, especially mentions that the German soldier was not an automaton, as usually depicted in allied "histories" of both world wars, but was trained to take the initiative and act flexibly, almost diametrically opposed to the popular caricature and to the Allied situation and the key to his effeciveness.. All in all, refreshingly honest and different from the usual Allied "histories".

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