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Normandy: The Landings to the Liberation of Paris

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The Allied landings on the coast of Normandy on June 6, 1944, have assumed legendary status in the annals of World War II. But in overly romanticizing D-day, Olivier Wieviorka argues, we have lost sight of the full picture. Normandy offers a balanced, complete account that reveals the successes and weaknesses of the titanic enterprise.

In addition to describing the landings with precision and drama, Wieviorka covers the planning and diplomatic background, Allied relationships, German defensive preparations, morale of the armies, economics and logistics, political and military leaders, and civilians’ and soldiers’ experience of the fighting. Surprisingly, the landing itself was not the slaughter the general staff expected. The greater battle for Normandy—waged on farmland whose infamous hedgerows, the bocage, created formidable obstacles—took a severe toll not only in lives lost, but on the survivors who experienced this grueling ordeal.

D-day, Wieviorka notes, was a striking accomplishment, but it was war, violent and cruel. Errors, desertions, rivalries, psychological trauma, self-serving motives, thefts, and rapes were all part of the story. Rather than diminishing the Allied achievement, this candid book underscores the price of victory and acknowledges the British, American, and Canadian soldiers who dashed onto the Normandy beaches not as demigods, but as young men.

About the Author

Olivier Wieviorkais Professor of History at the <>École Normale Supérieure de Cachan.

Table of Contents

  • List of Abbreviations and Code Names
  • List of Illustrations
  • Introduction: Return to France
  1. Allies, Not Friends
  2. Preparing for War
  3. Planning for D-Day
  4. Logistics, Training, Rehearsals
  5. Strategies and Stratagems
  6. The Other Side of the Hill
  7. D-Day, H-Hour
  8. To Win a Battle
  9. Stalemate
  10. Psychoneuroses
  11. From Avranches to Paris
  12. The Battle of France—and France’s Battle
  13. Liberators and Liberated
  • Conclusion: Farewell to Crusades?
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Archival Sources
  • Select Bibliography
  • Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674028388
Subtitle:
The Landings to the Liberation of Paris
Publisher:
Belknap Press
Translator:
Debevoise, M. B.
Author:
Wieviorka, Olivier
Author:
Debevoise, M. B.
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
Europe - France
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
France
Subject:
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- France.
Subject:
Military-World War II General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
June 2008
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
FrenchFrench
Illustrations:
10 maps, 3 charts
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
9 x 5.75 in

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