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The Battle of Normandy 1944: 1944 the Final Verdict Hardcover – 26 Sep 2002


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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; First Edition edition (26 Sep 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0304358371
  • ISBN-13: 978-0304358373
  • Product Dimensions: 16.7 x 4.6 x 24.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 845,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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THE BATTLE OF NORMANDY got a very big review in the NEW STATESMAN on 6th February 2003: '... certain American historians - not to mention screenwriters -have long offered an alternative explanation: that the British preferred to sit tight in their foxholes drinking endless cups of tea rather than do theirshare of the fighting. This myth receives a witting and efficient rebuttal in Robin Neillands's book. He writes with an urgency because, as he notes, "itcannot be too long before some American academic reveals how the US contingent played a decisive part in beating the French at the Battle of Agincourt in1415 while the 'cautious' and 'timid' British archers looked on in 'watchful

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A fresh and incisive examination of one of the Second World War's crucial campaigns, the battle for Normandy in the months after D-Day.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By E.A.Garner on 21 Nov 2002
Format: Hardcover
The author examines in detail all the myths which have accumulated around the Normandy Battle and destroys them by a detailed research of and examination of the FACTS. The Hollywood treatment of mainly fictitious events is exposed by examination of what really happened including the tensions between the different nationalities and generals. This is a non partisan account of what really happened and, to me, is unique in that it acknowledges the fighting spirit if not only the Allies but also the enemy. Where necessary there is criticism of all commanders and events and no sign of nationalistic chauvinism. A must for anyone who really wants an unbiased view of what really occurred.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Graham Tarrant on 2 Jan 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book follows on from the author's account of the Normandy landings (written with Roderick de Normann), D-Day 1944 : Voices from Normandy, though he has produced a number of other books in between. Robin Neilland's growing stature as a military historian is based on his consistently solid research, cool objectivity, cracking narrative style and a willingness to put his head above the parapet. In this excellent book he explodes many of the myths surrounding the battle of Normandy, not least that the eventually successful outcome was largely due to the efforts of the American forces, while the British and Canadians dragged their feet. However, Neillands is too good an historian (and has too much respect for the American fighting man) to beat a nationalistic drum. He is concerned solely with putting the record straight, and his even-handed assessment and penetrating judgements not only benefit history but do proper justice to those who fought the three-month battle.
As in his book about D-Day, Neillands' narrative is generously laced with the recollections (often startlingly vivid) of Normandy veterans from both the Allied and German armies, adding drama to the account and enabling the reader to experience the conflict from a variety of perspectives. It is all grippingly there: the ferocity of the battlefield; the death traps of the bocage; the courage and endurance of soldiers on both sides; the strategic errors and tactical mistakes; the spiky relationship of the superstar generals; the military legacy of the battle and the controversy that has followed it. And throughout it all the resonance of the place names - Caen, St-Lo, Falaise, Argentan, Flers - all charmingly familiar to the modern visitor to the region. Driving through Normandy will never be quite the same again.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "alansthoughts" on 24 Oct 2003
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Entirely readable and comprehensively persuasive, this volume strips away the charisma and myths that surround the great personalities and momentous events of 1944.
For any student of modern history this must be essential reading. For the veterans of those battles this book may make for depressing reading in as much that training, tactics and equipment on the Allied side proved so woeful. That Montgomery's strategy prevailed is a remarkable testimony to the endurance of the ordinary Tommy and his Canadian, Czech, Polish and American allies.
Unmistakeably a great work.
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As usual with this author this is a very good book easily read and offering interesting facts and opinions. Having read many of his books I would recommend any of them concerning a subject in which you have an interest.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jonh69 on 24 Aug 2013
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As an historian, just seeing the words "final verdict" raises the hackles a bit. There is no such thing in my opinion.
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