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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D-Day: The Battle for Normandy – Antony Beevor – Google Books

A Selection from D-Day: 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. It was a beautiful place and the bluffs overlooking Omaha Beach were stunningly dramatic.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Beevor is especially gripping in his account of the U.

Even allowing for that, it was sometimes hard to imagine the epic struggle that took place on this sand, amid the grass-swept dunes and craggy heights. He treats the Allies, the Germans, and the French will equal candor.

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.

I just wished there were more of them to make a painting of the story instead of giving us a good picture.

D-Day: The Battle for Normandy

A great example of this is the Falaise Pocket. The Best Books of It is a practice that anony does more to showcase the acts of heroism where they occur than does the older style of simply glossing over the unsavory stuff. This book tells us how successful that deception was, even after D-Day itself.


It particularly lines out the main battles between the allies and the German soldiers, the many fractious relationships between the higher commands of the allied armies and the events from the Germans perspective who were facing the allied onslaught. With 11 of the 13 amphibious trucks carrying howitzers sinking, some men landing s from the designated sites, and German mortar shell explosions turning beach pebbles into grapeshot, the beach soon resembled an abattoir.

But the fact is that the French civilians of northern France had plenty of reasons to be resentful, as well as many reasons to be grateful. But although many other characters are equally well portrayed, from Churchill himself to US generals Bradley – with his specs and “hayseed expression” – and Patton, famous for his normanfy, to Montgomery with his terseness and conceit, and De Gaulle with his arrogance and his long arms, it is the personal narratives of ordinary servicemen that drive this book.

We drove to the Nomandy landing beaches on empty roads. Aug 23, Espen rated hormandy really liked it Shelves: The Liberation of Paris. It is almost impossible for a reader not to get caught up in the excitement Giles Foden Guardian show more.

This book is is the perfect companion to Ambrose’s intimate account of the soldier experience. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

A lack of things that were open. This book takes us beevro to the liberation of Paris during August. This is deceptive as when you search for this title this is the “sponsored listing” that comes up.


See all reviews. When you read a lot of World War II books, you start to notice an odd tension: So after a protracted mourning period, I moved on.

He offered no explanation and left us with the assumption that there are regional differences in national character. The Battle for Normandy, and he does not disappoint.

D-Day: The Battle for Normandy by Antony Beevor: review – Telegraph

To bfevor what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. De Gaulle and some of the French were so ungrateful and pretentious to reluctantly admit that the liberation of France was due more to the American, British, and Canadian efforts. Beevor is one of the few modern writers of WW2 history that can take teh subject that is to me old and shelf-worn and make it fresh and exciting again.

I learned much about the topic I hadn’t read before.

Many of the assault troops knew this was to be their fate, not least because their officers kept telling them so. How badly were the Canadians led? For all I know this book is pearls before my swine eyes.

D-Day: The Battle for Normandy by Antony Beevor: review

Review Text As near as possible to experiencing what it was like to be there. I got this book at a greatly reduced cost as part of a newspaper batttle. Read more Read less.