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The #1 internationally bestselling history of D-Day is now enhanced with rare video footage from the NBC News Archives for the ultimate narrative of the battle for Normandy.

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.

Review:

"Beevor has established a solid reputation as a chronicler of WWII's great eastern front battles: Stalingrad and Berlin. 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 of the telling anecdote: he quotes, for example, an officer's description of the 'bloody mass of arms and legs and heads, [and] cremated corpses' created by artillery fire as the Germans tried to escape the Allied breakout. He is sharply critical of senior commanders on both sides: Bernard Montgomery's conceit; Adolf Hitler's self-delusion; Dwight Eisenhower's mediocrity. His heroes are the men who took the 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: a 'bloody slog' that tested British and American fighting power to the limit — but not beyond. 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. Maps, illus." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

From critically acclaimed world historian Beevor comes the first major account in more than 20 years to cover the whole Normandy invasion, from June 6, 1944, right up to the liberation of Paris on August 25 of the same year. b&w photo insert; 17 maps.

Synopsis:

Unabridged CDs ? 14 CDs, 18 hours

The definitive account of the Normandy invasion by the bestselling author of Stalingrad and The Fall of Berlin 1945.

Synopsis:

The #1 internationally bestselling history of D-Day is now enhanced with rare video footage from the NBC News Archives for the ultimate narrative of the battle for Normandy.

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

Fans of Ben Macintyre's Double Cross will love this history by Antony Beevor andmdash;the man who andquot;single-handedly transgormed the reputation of military historyandquot; (The Guardianandmdash;presents the first major account of the Normandy invasion and the liberation of Paris in more than twenty years. D-Day: The Battle for Normandy 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 civilians caught up in the fighting. Beevor draws upon research in more than thirty archives in six countries, going back to original accounts and interviews to produce the consummate account of the invasion and the ferocious offensive that led to Paris's liberation.

About the Author

Antony Beevor is the bestselling author of five nonfiction books, including The Battle for Spain, which won the La Vanguardia Prize, Paris After the Liberation: 1944-1949, Stalingrad, which won 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.

Table of Contents

D-Day List of Illustrations and Maps

Glossary

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

Acknowledgments

Notes

Select Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780670021192
Subtitle:
The Battle for Normandy
Author:
Beevor, Antony
Author:
Stewart, Cameron
Publisher:
Viking Adult
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- France.
Subject:
Normandy (France) History, Military.
Subject:
Military-World War II General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20091013
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
24-page b/w photo insert on insert stock
Pages:
608
Dimensions:
9.32x6.33x1.88 in. 2.04 lbs.
Age Level:
17-17

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Beevor has established a solid reputation as a chronicler of WWII's great eastern front battles: Stalingrad and Berlin. 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 of the telling anecdote: he quotes, for example, an officer's description of the 'bloody mass of arms and legs and heads, [and] cremated corpses' created by artillery fire as the Germans tried to escape the Allied breakout. He is sharply critical of senior commanders on both sides: Bernard Montgomery's conceit; Adolf Hitler's self-delusion; Dwight Eisenhower's mediocrity. His heroes are the men who took the 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: a 'bloody slog' that tested British and American fighting power to the limit — but not beyond. 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. Maps, illus." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , From critically acclaimed world historian Beevor comes the first major account in more than 20 years to cover the whole Normandy invasion, from June 6, 1944, right up to the liberation of Paris on August 25 of the same year. b&w photo insert; 17 maps.
"Synopsis" by ,
Unabridged CDs ? 14 CDs, 18 hours

The definitive account of the Normandy invasion by the bestselling author of Stalingrad and The Fall of Berlin 1945.

"Synopsis" by ,

The #1 internationally bestselling history of D-Day is now enhanced with rare video footage from the NBC News Archives for the ultimate narrative of the battle for Normandy.

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

Fans of Ben Macintyre's Double Cross will love this history by Antony Beevor andmdash;the man who andquot;single-handedly transgormed the reputation of military historyandquot; (The Guardianandmdash;presents the first major account of the Normandy invasion and the liberation of Paris in more than twenty years. D-Day: The Battle for Normandy 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 civilians caught up in the fighting. Beevor draws upon research in more than thirty archives in six countries, going back to original accounts and interviews to produce the consummate account of the invasion and the ferocious offensive that led to Paris's liberation.

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