Six Armies in Normandy: From D-Day to the Liberation of Paris Paperback – 10 Dec 1992
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"An unsurpassed account of the Allied invasion of France from D-Day to the liberation of Paris."--"Observer""As well as being a rare military historian who can also write gracefully, John Keegan has a distinguished capacity for peering behind the conventional view of events." --Alistair Horne, "Sunday Times""As a military historian John Keegan has the qualities of the best commanders, broad strategic grasp combined with insight into the human fibre of the battlefield, and an eye to what the lessons portend." --"Observer"
'An unsurpassed account of the Allied invasion of France from D-Day to the liberation of Paris. As a military historian John Keegan has the qualities of the best commanders, broad strategic grasp combined with insight into the human fibre of the battlefield, and an eye to what the lessons portend.' Observer --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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I must however take issue with one or two prior reviwers comments. Many people say that this particular publication is exceptionally readable. I dont actually find this to be the case. I find Keegans prose rather too flowery at times and he certainly goes alittle too far in giving background to various aspects of the plot to the state I feel it drifts somewhat irrelevantly away fronm the subject matter in hand.
Having said that, to cover the German, British, Canadian, French, Polish and American input on an equal basis has given us a superb history which veers away from the Ambrose-esque over-emphasis of American involvement which leads many to believe the Americans won the battle all by themselves. A preconception believed by many which detracts from the efforts of the Coalition, of which the Americans were the Junior members on D-Day and wouldnt outnumber their allies until toward the end of the campaign in Normandy.
In summary; a fantastic history of the campaign in Normandy, if not a little flowery and maybe, in view of the numerous mentions of the cold war described as being in the modern day, in need of being brought up to date a little.
Keegan's account is extremely well written and thorough (as is all his work), exciting and very effectively conveys the frustration of the allies at not being able to break through, the impatience of the Americans with Montgomery at the slow progress of his 21st Army Group and the headlong rush of the American army under Patton after they broke through the German defences. The carnage of the German Army and the destruction of their forces around Falaise is particularloy well told by Keegan - as an historian of the second world war Keegan has few equals.
The American episode deals chiefly with the airborne forces dropped behind Utah Beach. The Canadian section deals with the landing on Juno Beach. The British Army gets 2 episodes,, 1 Scottish and 1 English. The German episode was the Mortain counter-attack ordered by Hitler despite the warnings of his generals. If it succeeded, the Allied breakout at Avranches could be plugged. If it failed the bulk of the German army in France could have been surrounded.The attack failed, and it was only with the greatest difficulty that the German Army extricated itself from the Falaise pocket. Though it succeeded, it was only after a headlong retreat of over 200 miles that the front was again stabilized.
In order to bottle up the German Army in the Faslaise pocket, the First Polish Armoured Division was ordered to place itself across the line of retreat. The task was probably too much for a single division to stem the German attacks from both sides. The Germans were at the same time trying to hold off Patton's Third Army to the south and the Canadians from the North. The Canadians finally arrived to rescue the hard-pressed Poles.
Perhaps the most interesting is the liberation of Paris by the Second French Armoured division. The Americans had no great love for Charles de Gaulle. They also intended to bypass Paris to the east and west. But de Gaulle was determined that France should be liberated by Frenchmen, and he got his way.Read more ›
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i bought this for my father for christmas. he devoured it and enjoyed every minutePublished 6 months ago by Fish lady
As a stand alone book, Six armies in Normandy is an adequate account of the Normandy campaign. As a complementary piece, to say, Hasting's Overlord, Six Armies becomes an excellent... Read morePublished 11 months ago by R.M.F.Brown (Author)
When I picked this book up I thought iot was going to have a lot of out of date facts in it. But proven wrong the narrative makes the subject accessable and informative. Read morePublished on 3 Jun. 2014 by Leigh Russell
Thorough and well written account of the D-Day landings, especially interesting focus on the American & Canadian forces. Read morePublished on 6 May 2014 by David DeJong
A different view of the Normandy landings - good to see the view of some of the minor players. It is quite an old-fashioned read now.Published on 22 Mar. 2013 by Gloop
I found this account of the Normandy Landings and Campaign a better read than the later and better know "Overlord" by Max Hastings . Read morePublished on 28 Mar. 2012 by Nicodemus
The six armies John Keegan shows us in this book are the British, Canadian, Polish, French, German as the enemy and... Read morePublished on 11 Mar. 2010 by Carlos Vazquez Quintana
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