D-Day: The Battle for Normandy

D-Day: The Battle for Normandy

by Antony Beevor


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"Glorious, horrifying... D-Day is a vibrant work of history that honors the sacrifice of tens of thousands of men and women."—Time

Renowned historian Antony Beevor, author of Stalingrad and The Battle of Arnhem, and the man who "single-handedly transformed the reputation of military history" (The Guardian) presents the first major account in more than twenty years of the Normandy invasion and the liberation of Paris. This 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. 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. D-Day is the consummate account of the invasion and the ferocious offensive that led to Paris's liberation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143118183
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/28/2010
Pages: 624
Sales rank: 121,391
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Antony Beevor is the bestselling author of D-Day: The Battle for Normandy,which received the Royal United Services’ Institute Westminster Medal; The Battle for Spain, which received the La Vanguardia Prize; Paris After the Liberation 1944–1949; Stalingrad, winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize, the Wolfson Prize for History, and the Hawthornden Prize for Literature; and The Fall of Berlin 1945, which received the first Longman-History Today Trustees’ Award. He is the recipient of the 2014 Pritzker Military Museum & Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing. Beevor lives in England.

Table of Contents

D-DayList of Illustrations and Maps

1. The Decision
2. Bearing the Cross of Lorraine
3. Watch on the Channel
4. Sealing off the Invasion Area
5. The Airborne Assault
6. The Armada Crosses
7. Omaha
8. Utah and the Airborne
9. Gold and Juno
10. Sword
11. Securing the Beachheads
12. Failure at Caen
13. Villers-Bocage
14. The Americans on the Cotentin Peninsula
15. Operation Epsom
16. The Battle of the Bocage
17. Caen and the Hill of Calvary
18. The Final Battle for Saint-Lô
19. Operation Goodwood
20. The Plot Against Hitler
21. Operation Cobra - Breakthrough
22. Operation Cobra - Breakout
23. Brittany and Operation Bluecoat
24. The Mortain Counter-attack
25. Operation Totalize
26. The Hammer and Anvil
27. The Killing Ground of the Falaise Pocket
28. The Paris Uprising and the Race for the Seine
29. The Liberation of Paris
30. Aftermath

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Azpooldude More than 1 year ago
Anthoney Beevor's newly released book on D-Day and the events that followed up to the liberation of Paris, is a very informative book. It is a good book but not a great book. Beevor covers in well documented detail, the war on the Western Front with Nazi Germany. At first I was prejudiced about this aspect of the war compared to the much larger campaigns on the Eastern Front. This book does a good job of explaining how the Allies were facing a very real threat with 9-10 divisions on a 60 mile front versus the same amount of fire in the east on a 200 mile front. In general, the book covers the pre-D-Day scenarios, the landing, and the slow progress of the Allies in the weeks and months after the invasion. It goes into detail about many of the important events, i.e failures at Caen, St.-Lo, Operation Colbra, to name a few. Also off interest is the plot against Hitler, and the final liberation of Paris. Beevor not only covers the personalities of the many generals, like Montgomery, Bradley and Patton, but also the rest of the players from colonels on down to privates. This is done on both sides and is one of the strong points of the book. He also does a good job on how the war affected the people of France and the power struggle that developed between De gaulle and the French Communist party. A very interesting part was the super storm on June 19th, 1944, that played a large part in the war, and would have been a total disaster for the Allies if they had planned their invasion two weeks later. One advantage this book has over previous accounts of the war is that it was released in 2009. By this time, many if not all of the classified information, had been released so the reader is treated to many new revelations. Not only does he do a good job of weaving Ultra intelligence (the breaking of the German signal codes) into the accounts but also the role of the clandestine Jedburghs teams (Special Operations Teams) as well. This was very well done. The invasion and the aftermath was not a smooth operation as many believed. There were many poor decisions made that cost the lives of many soldiers. Some of note were: the friendly fire mishaps by allied bombers, Commanders failing to quickly attack the Germans after pounding the enemy with artillery, the over bombing of many French villages, and the many mistakes made by the generals, most noticeably Field Marshall Montgomery. It is refreshing to get the full picture with both the good and the bad. We get into the minds of both Allies and Germans and see the human and inhuman side of both. Much is discussed on how the German generals were in a bind, knowing that the war was lost but still had to pledge allegiance to Hitler and obey his crazy orders. I think that many will find this book informative, but I liked Beevors' other books better. It covered many things well, but it was not a fluid read and a little choppy. There are maps to show details of the many battles, a wonderful picture section in the middle of the book and a small glossary to help the reader with military terms. But when I read Beevor's earlier book on the Battle of Stalingrad, I was so impressed I read it twice. Maybe it was that at that time in the war all looked lost, and the Soviet Army started to turn the tide. In mid-1944, things were not as critical and the battles were not as impressive. I am not sure. Either way, this book was not nearly as good as his other works. Robert Glasker
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is hard to write a book on D-day that is interesting yet has new facts. This book does both. Add that to the "amplification" for the Nook, and it's a great read cover to cover.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good solid work, well written with excellent descriptive writing of actual combat. It is not however up to this author's usual high standards. There is little of the operational or strategic overview that should be part of this narrative. The issues relating to planning at the highest levels--Roosevelt, Churchill ,Marshall et al are glossed over. There are many excellent works relating to D-Day. Unfortunately, this book adds nothing to them. There are many better books on the subject, and the works of D'Este and Hastings come immediately to mind.
coyoteVA More than 1 year ago
For those that wish to get more detail concerning the day to day conflict in Normandy from June 6 to the liberation of Paris, this is a great source. Well worth the time if you are a history buff or have always wondered how the Normandy Invasion was really fought beyond what little you might learn in the movies or on TV.
GeologistRW More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the comments on some of the different personalities, especially Montegomery; they confirmed my opinion of that egocentric character. Also, the discussion of the French civilian population's trials and suffering is rarely covered in other works. The discussions of the political rivalaries on both sides of the conflict was quite interesting. All in all, a good history!
tbrennan1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very interesting account of D-Day and the subsequent battles for Normandy up to the Liberation of Paris.Gripping narrative of the fierce battles in the Normandy "Bocage",where American soldiers proved themselves against the Germans.However the book illustrates the terrible suffering and sacrifices of French civilians from both Air and Artillery bombardment ,which is often understated in other D-day books.The book is critical of Montgomery and his strategies and gives due credit to the dogged defense by the German army which lacking Air cover made the Allies fight for every inch of Normandy before the brilliant breakout by American armor led by Bradley and Patton which eventually led to the Paris uprising and the liberation of the city by both French and American troops.
aadyer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An excellent overview. Not exhaustative but excellent none the less. MOntgomery doesn't come out of this well, and the Americans clearly did very well. It was shocking to hear some of the British tactics and the fact that at one point, we let most of a German army out of our grasp. Very good combination of both first person eye witness testimony & also military unit movements. Good maps, good photos & ended quite appropriately @ the capture of Paris, recommended
johnthefireman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An excellent read. It gives the big picture of grand strategy and large-scale offensives, but intersperses anecdotes about and quotes from ordinary people which gives it a human touch and makes it very readable.This story of the D-Day landings and the campaign for Normandy takes us right up to the liberation of Paris. It appears to be well-balanced; its criticism of Montgomery is probably pretty mainstream these days.My usual complaint about this type of book is the maps. For about two thirds of this particular book, I found the maps to be very clear and comprehensive. Only towards the end of the book did I find the text mentioning places that were not marked on the maps. While the detailed maps of the battles were good (apart from that proviso), it would have benefited from a couple of general maps to show where everything fitted together, again especially towards the end when the stage suddenly expanded.
rrees on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Beevor has a beautiful written style and specialises in a holistic historical narrative style that is always enjoyable to read. He combines sources from both sides in the conflict and makes sure to include the civilian view of affairs to paint a whole picture of complex events.I have enjoyed his previous books and while this has all the hallmarks of his writing I cannot feel that perhaps the history of D-Day has been retrodden once too often.Beevor makes sure the German side of events is represented and clarifies the suffering of the French population during the campaign. He does not gloss over the atrocities and friendly fire incidents on both sides. He is clear-eyed on the numerous conflicts within the allied forces. It is a good, balanced piece of history that refuses to make simple judgements in the absence of evidence and tries to provide the reader with the means to draw their own conclusions.And yet, what more is there that can be said really? Beevor decides against Montgomery in one of the key controversies of the period. He also indicates that he thinks air power was less decisive as a weapon that generally judged while still allowing for its important interdictive effect on supplies and German movement.It is a great introduction but those familiar with the outline of events will find a few interesting bits and pieces (for me I felt the politics and mindsets of both sides were revealing, neither side grasped the psychology of the other instead assuming that their opponents shared their own view of the world) and a well-written narrative history. Stalingrad or Berlin would probably be better choices if you haven't read them already.
wolffamily on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very detailed book outlining the battle of D-Day all the way through the liberation of Paris. - Greg
GeoKaras on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Excellent account of D-Day and the subsequent fighting in Northern France to the liberation of Paris. Covers all forces fighting in Normandy and includes the impact of the fighting on the French civillians. Worth adding to any World War Two collection.
dswaddell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A really unbiased history of the German , British, Canadian, and Polish forces during and after the invasion. It brings up rarely heard stories such as the large number of conscripted Russian troops that made up a good percentage of the defending German forces as well as the attitudes and political policies of the French. A very enjoyable and educational read.
RobertP on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Probably best short description of the Normandy Campaign that I have read. It integrates the suffering of the French, which is good to see. As a Canadian, I believe he under-researched the Canadian contribution, but for all that he was objective. And the boy can write. Well done, a good read.
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