10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
An essential read for the enthusiast,
This review is from: Overlord: D-Day and the Battle for Normandy, 1944 (Pan Grand Strategy Series) (Paperback)
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.