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D-Day Then and Now: v. 1
D-Day Then and Now: v. 1
by Winston G. Ramsey
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £29.95

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The first book you should buy, 11 Oct. 2007
These two volumes combine to provide an incredibly detailed account of the D-Day operations in 1944. The 'After the Battle' format is centered on comparing photographs taken at the time with contemporary images. This works well as it is supported by meticulously detailed text covering all aspects of the operation. One of many insights that it gave me was an appreciation of the planning that was required - for over two years in fact. There is a theory abroad that Operation Sealion - the German plan for invasion of Britain in 1940 - was doomed to failure due to the lack of planning and resources at the disposal of the Germans. This book indirectly demonstrates, by its account of the planning for D-Day, that this could indeed have been the case. Highly recommended.
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Before Stalingrad: Hitler's Invasion of Russia 1941 (Battles & Campaigns)
Before Stalingrad: Hitler's Invasion of Russia 1941 (Battles & Campaigns)
by David M. Glantz
Edition: Paperback

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars strategic account of an epic conflict, 13 Sept. 2006
The title of this book can be misleading in that it does not deal with Stalingrad as such but is a strategic-level account of Operation Barbarossa. At just over 200 pages this is probably to be expected as Gantz presents the development of the campaign from Poland to the gates of Moscow. The endless encircling manoeuvres, the futile waste of army units in hopeless assaults in an endless terrain is all accounted for and for me this was part of the problem with this book. After the first 70 pages or so it becomes repetitive and almost mechanical. The author I'm sure would contend that this reflects the conflict as it really was and of course to a certain extent that is true but this approach, dealing with army units no smaller than brigade level, did become tedious. Even in such a short account of such an epic conflict it should have been possible to give a deeper insight into the visceral nature of the fighting, the ethnic persecutions, summary executions, the insurmountable difficulties of terrain, and just the sheer size of human loss, all of which are sanitised by the author's approach.[...] On the positive side all of Hitler's directives pertaining to the conflict are included in an appendix however, two final gripes are the abysmal maps and the small number but no less annoying printing errors.

Overlord: D-Day and the Battle for Normandy, 1944 (Pan Grand Strategy Series)
Overlord: D-Day and the Battle for Normandy, 1944 (Pan Grand Strategy Series)
by Sir Max Hastings
Edition: Paperback

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An essential read for the enthusiast, 18 Jan. 2006
I'm no academic but an enthusiast for the history of WW2 and especially the Normandy campaign. I found this book to be a very readable account of what is a very complicated event which we are still unravelling. It was a perfect contrast to the weighty 'After the Battle' tome on D-Day which I had just read (and which for extreme detail is unsurpassable). Hasting's book does a good job in giving the overall picture whilst dipping into the detail with the eyewitness accounts that punctuate the text. He also provides enough conjecture; the relative qualities of the men who particpated, already discussed by other reviewers, the relationship between Monty, Bradley et al, the relationship between the air, sea and land arms and so on. On the negative side you don't get a feel for the territory, particularly the bocage and its effect on manoeuvre, and how an 88mm in the right hands can stop an armoured assault. That having been said, I've yet to come across a book that does. Certainly well worth reading and it takes its place amongst the gallery of essential publications on the subject.

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