Decision in Normandy : The Real Story of Montgomery and the Allied Campaign, Paperback

Decision in Normandy : The Real Story of Montgomery and the Allied Campaign Paperback

3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Field Marshal Montgomery's battle plan for Normandy, following the D-Day landings on 6 June 1944, resulted in one of the most controversial campaigns of the Second World War.

Carlo D'Este's acclaimed book gives the fullest possible account of the conception and execution of Montgomery's plan, with all its problems and complexities.

It brings to light information from diaries, papers and letters that were not available in Montgomery's lifetime and draws on interviews with senior officers who were involved in the campaign and have refrained from speaking out until now.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 576 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9780141017617



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Gives a birds-eye perspective on the Normandy campaign, with an emphasis on Montgomery's leadership. One of the fairest assessments by an American, I think, concluding that Montgomery's strengths were not best suited to a campaign which required rapid readjustment and a high-degree of risk-taking. Readers who like to know what war was like for individual soliders may find the book disappointing, but those more interested in strategy and politics will enjoy it immensely.

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Quite dated now, and some of D'Estes conclusions and arguments have not stood the test of time at all well, nevertheless this remains an acceptable overview of the campaign.The passage on the supposed reserve of british manpower perfidiously held back in the UK by a scheming Churchill, in particular, has been throughly debunked by Hart in "Colossal Cracks".