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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Yet as Antony Beevor never fails to point out in this most humanitarian work of military dat, French civilian losses were huge too; in the first 24 hours of Operation Overlord alone, more than 3, French civilians were killed — more than double the number of American GIs who died on Omaha Beach.

D-Day : The Battle for Normandy

Caught in the crossfire between the biggest amphibious assault in history and fierce German resistance, even bombarded by their own Free French Navy, the people of Normandy paid heavily for their liberation.

The Battle for Normandy, and he does not disappoint.

The chapter on the Omaha Beach landings is almost the literary version of the opening scene of the movie Saving Private Ryan, with the same horror and pace. 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 across the beaches rather than along them, the bombs missed, and German machine-gunners wreaked terror and chaos as the invaders disembarked.

With 11 of the 13 amphibious trucks carrying howitzers sinking, some men landing miles from the designated sites, and German mortar shell explosions turning beach pebbles into grapeshot, the beach soon resembled an abattoir.


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It is testament to their sheer doggedness that the Americans landed no fewer than 18, men there that day. Beevor draws attention to the role of tanks and destroyers in finally blasting a way through the beach defences; the naval guns grew so hot from firing that they had to be continuously hosed nkrmandy with water.

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Beevor is unsparing in his comments about the military commanders: Eisenhower, smoking four packets of Camel cigarettes a day and watching with tears in his eyes as the st Airborne Division took off from Greenham Common, emerges well from this book, though norkandy for his diplomacy than his strategy.

The German high command is rightly also coruscated by Beevor, normandg for the absurd system whereby there was no central command in France at the time of D-Day, with responsibilities being shared between Rundstedt and Rommel, who profoundly disagreed about how to deal with the invasion.

Only fog half of the book is about D-Day itself, for it continues with the breakout from Normandy, the bomb plot against Hitler, the closing of the Falaise Gap, and goes all the way to the liberation of Paris. Beevor maintains the tension throughout, while pointing out how, by mid, the quality of some German units in France was pretty low.

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Astonishingly, one-fifth of the Wehrmacht forces in France in were made up of Poles and Russians who had changed sides earlier in the war, and who often lost little time in killing their German officers and surrendering. This would not have been the case had the Allies attacked a relatively unbloodied, full-strength Wehrmacht in or What must it have been like to parachute into occupied Normandy in the early hours before dawn on June 6, ?


Below was the certainty of murderous opposition — those whose chutes got caught in trees were often burned alive by flame-throwers — on a battlefield lit only by the moon and tracer-fire. What men they were. Available from Telegraph Books Get the best at Telegraph Puzzles.

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