Six Armies in Normandy : From D-Day to the Liberation of Paris June 6th-August 25th,1944 Paperback
by John Keegan
The Allied assault on Normandy beaches was an almost flawless success, but it was to take three months of bitter fighting before the German defence of Normandy finally collapsed and Paris was liberated.
In this masterly and highly individual account of that struggle, the reader is subjected to the gruelling ordeals confronted by the combatants - each encounter related from the point of view of a different nationality.
While transcending conventional military history, it provides an intensely vivid picture of one of the Second World War's most crucial campaigns.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 384 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 03/06/2004
- Category: European history
- ISBN: 9781844137398
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Review by CharlesFerdinand
This is really a thinking man's Longest Day. It is very much written in the classical tradition of military history: a straight narrative, with little vignettes thrown in. An interesting aspect is that at appropriate times, the scope is broadened to give background, or to show things that were happening on the Eastern Front, or in Berlin etc.As for the Allied side, Keegan treads carefully. He takes care to deflate some myths about Allied prowess, but does not enter into debates about strategical rights or wrongs, or the merits of Bradley, Montgomery, Patton, Eisenhower et al.A good read