Six Armies in Normandy: From D-Day to the Liberation of Paris

Six Armies in Normandy: From D-Day to the Liberation of Paris

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Six Armies in Normandy: From D-Day to the Liberation of Paris 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Whiskey3pa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very readable and thorough book on the Normandy campaign. It is a different viewpoint than either Ryan or Ambrose and compliments them very well. More macro in it's treatment.
jcbrunner on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Keegan is a marvelous writer. The best part of the book is about his almost magical childhood in the countryside of war-torn Britain. He enjoyed the best of times, sheltered from the horror and suffering, only later on experiencing the bleakness of post war Britain. The account of the Normandy campaign follows a cinematic approach. Keegan's narrative follows the action of distinct units. The reader witnesses the landing US 101st Airborne, joins the Canadians at Juno beach, the Scottish division's stopped breakout from Normandy, the English defense against the German counterattack, the vain German defense against the US onslaught and the Polish attempt at blocking a German breakout. Finally, the reader encounters the Free French liberating Paris. All in all, a gripping read in a NATO flavor - at times, it reads like the Russians were the true enemies, while the Germans just battled for the wrong side. The other problem is Keegan's cinematic approach. What happens to the units out of his focus, is not clear. Although it doesn't quite work as an operational history, it grips the reader as a popular account of some of the key scenes of Overlord and the Normandy campaign.
mah048 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As entertainment, its a bit dry. But as a historical text, its fabulously entertaining. It lacks the personal accounts of Ambrose's books, but explains the big picture better (more forest, less tree).If you're curious to learn more about this segment of history, this book is concise, clear and well written.
antiquary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
To me, this is pasrticularly interesting for the author's introduction giving a child's-eye view of the build-up to the invasion, and for the account of the little-known Polish role in the campaign. Overall, it is more balanced than many accounts which focus on the Us role.
sergerca on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sections of this book are great, others are very slow and tough to follow do to incessant references to divisions by number. If you are looking for a book on the D-Day Invasion, this is not it. However, there is some good context provided on the lead up to the battle, the situations on the ground after the invasion, and a fine epilogue.To sum it up, this is not for beginners, but some good information can be learned.
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As the 60th anniversary of D-Day approaches, a revisit to Keegan¿s excellent book recalls those tumultuous days. The landings, and the subsequent battle for Normandy, have no parallel in history ¿ or ever will. A skilled historian is needed to unravel the strategy, tactics ¿ and the politics ¿ that surround the momentous events. And Keegan does it with skillful scholarship, embedding the details of conflict into the broader aspects of logistics that decided the fall of Hitler (despite his determined, experienced armies) and the victory of the Allies, with their superior air power. Keegan covers all aspects of the combatants, including the roles of the Poles, Canadians and French whose valiant efforts in Normandy are, regrettably, often overlooked. Neither does he ignore the role of the individual in history: the pressures on Montgomery to deliver a victory without the horrendous casualties he had seen during the First World War; the demands on Eisenhower ¿ which he resisted ¿ to fire Montgomery; and the intransigence of Hitler, who, imbued with a fanatical self-belief following his deliverance from an assassination attempt, stubbornly overrules his generals to hand a crushing victory to the Allies. Keegan tells all this ¿ and more- with a use of English rarely seen nowadays. He uses the full panoply of his art to tell the story of this immense, complex and unparalleled chapter of history. Many writers have told the story of the definitive moment in twentieth century history, but none better than Keegan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written, well researched and one of the key books about the war in the West in 1944. You can rarely go wrong with John Keegan, and this is one of his best