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Perspectives and facts relaying a lively account of a major event.,
This review is from: D-Day: Piercing the Atlantic Wall: 2 (Paperback)
Robert Kershaw has done an exceptiona job so far of relaying history in a lively and narrative fashion. You never get the impression he is dumbing down his book (for example, Ambrose 'band of brothers' series) or recycling old hat and secondary sources.
Much like his other books - this one presents a good account of one of the pivotal events in the second world war. Although it was a forgone conclusion that the landings would have succeeded (even if Omaha had wallowed and been pulled, several other beaches were already wide open and being landed) the casualties and subsequent slowdown would have changed the map of Europe forever.
In particular I enjoyed the various perspectives, from behind the sandbags and barbed wire of german bunkers on the beach, to the dazed civilians, to the confused reactions of the german rear command - everything is captured.
This is great introduction into the events of this period - if you enjoyed this book you would also enjoy Max Hastings book on the subject as well - which pulls more facts into the account - although not as many first hand accounts.
Overall a walloping good read.