Overlord

Overlord

D-Day and the Battle for Normandy

Book - 2006 | First Vintage Books edition
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On June 6, 1944, American and British troops staged the greatest amphibious landing in history to begin Operation Overlord, the battle to liberate Europe from the scourge of the Third Reich. With gut-wrenching realism and immediacy, Hastings reveals the terrible human cost that this battle exacted. Moving beyond just the storming of Omaha beach and D-Day, he explores the Allies’ push inward, with many British and American infantry units suffering near 100 percent casualties during the course of that awful summer. Far from a gauzy romanticized remembrance, Hastings details a grueling ten week battle to overpower the superbly trained, geographically entrenched German Wehrmacht. Uncompromising and powerful in its depiction of wartime, this is the definitive book on D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.

Baker & Taylor
Recounts in detail the 1944 Allied invasion of Europe and analyzes the strategies followed by the American and British invaders and the German defenders.

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The author of Armageddon recounts in detail the 1944 Allied invasion of Europe and analyzes the strategies followed by the American and British invaders and the German defenders. Reprint.

Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2006
Edition: First Vintage Books edition
ISBN: 9780307275714
030727571X
Branch Call Number: 940.54214 Hastings 2006
Characteristics: 368 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm

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TheodoreKarlMag
Jul 06, 2014

Very much worth reading. Especially noteworthy is that the author refrains from the usual use of invective when referring to Germany and Germans - with some exceptions and which mars much of WW1 and WW2 allied history writing. Interesting the use of such invectives by Allied commanders being cited. Hastings, especially mentions that the German soldier was not an automaton, as usually depicted in allied "histories" of both world wars, but was trained to take the initiative and act flexibly, almost diametrically opposed to the popular caricature and to the Allied situation and the key to his effeciveness.. All in all, refreshingly honest and different from the usual Allied "histories".

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