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Normandy, 1944: Allied Landings and Breakout (Osprey Military Campaign)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This was one of the early Osprey Campaign works that covers the very well trodden ground of the D-Day and D-Day Plus campaign in Normandy. I think the format is a success. Most other books on the subject have been too heavy on text or taken a very restricted focus on one aspect or personality. This quite nicely ties in all the different strands. I have never been able to make sense of the abortive attempts by Montgomery to capture Caen through, Bluecoat, Epsom, Goodwood etc. This book helped me understand these very well. The wargaming section, which unfortunately Osprey seems to be ditching in newer books is good and full of ideas. I think this is a very good and painless look at the whole Normandy campaign.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 24 February 2015
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Author Stephen Badsley was given the honour of producing a short volume on an enormous subject. The author knew only the briefest overview was possible in 96 pages. How best to do it? Badsley set out to present the Normandy landing concisely. Some pertinent, period photos set the mood. A number of colourful maps set the scene. Good artwork shows some of the `players.' The text is largely a chronology. Did he do it, that is, present the enormity of the D-Day Normandy Invasion (and Breakout) 96 pages?

Mission (mostly) accomplished. This tome's buyer receives a useful, fact-filled volume which will surely add to their general education in history. So much happened in so large an area in such short order involving so many units, going slow is necessary to sort things out. Scholars on the subject may elect to peruse this book for the one or two new factoids, but this volume is by necessity, a Cliffs Notes sort of book.

In this reviewer's opinion, the subject's enormity would have been better served by concentrating on the D-day landing and saving the Breakout from the beachhead for a follow-on volume.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 October 2012
Having read around 50 books on WWII, I wanted to have an illustrated light overview on Overlord.

I was not disapointed and quite happy with the treatment of the landings that the book offers.
The authors describes the operations with simple words and frankly with a skilled clarity of thoughts.
One minus would be the lack of passion. The book is certainly a serious piece of work and decent but lacks a bit of enthusiasm.

This is an old osprey but one thing I have noticed is that the layout is not always helping the reading. For example, the maps, text and photographs are always mingled together and its frankly sometimes hard to follow.

Recomended for anyone looking for a light intro on the subject.
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This book explains the D-Day landings and Normandy campaign from an allied point of view. Although interesting and informative, this book deals with the forces involved at a Divisional level and higher, without explaining the average man’s experience of fighting in Normandy or the equipment and small arms he had at his disposal, which is the sort of detail I am interested in.
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on 24 December 2014
very good reading
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on 2 January 2015
Very good
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on 19 July 2014
Great.
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