Six Armies in Normandy: From D-Day to the Liberation of Paris June 6th-August 5th, 1944
The Americans, British, Canadians, Poles, Free French and Germans each had specific goals. Politics shaped many military considerations; where one began and the other ended was often unclear.
"The analysis of this historic action is carried out on many...more
memories of a nightmare
“At 0500”, wrote a [British] Grenadier waiting across the Orne, “a distant thunder in the air brought all the sleepy-eyed tank crews out of their blankets. A thousand Lancasters were flying in from the sea in groups of three or four at 3000 feet”.
“The Germans’ anti-aircraft batteries were under devastating attack from the co ...more
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It doesn't follow the Landings on the Normandy beaches in the normal fashion and moves off the beaches still followi ...more
Keegan takes a somewhat different slant on telling the story of Normandy. He takes the battle beyond the D-Day invasion right through the breakout and the Liberation of Paris. He also does not deal with the events chronologically but rather from the differing viewpoints of the six nationalities represented in the fighting. For this rea ...more
I didn't realize (but should've) that tanks required rai ...more
A misconception-cleansing read for those of us who've been taught the oversimplified story that the Americans single-handedly liberated Europe.
The late John Keegan has been criticized for romanticizing war and being too much the eager fan of military conflict. This characterization is probably a fair one, although personally, I would rather read a book by someone enthused by his subject than the alternative. An awful lot of military history - especially operational accounts - can be dry and tedious in the extreme. Keegan, with ...more
Í "Six Armies in Normandy" segir Keegan frá undirbúningi innrásarinnar í Frakkland þegar Bandamenn réðust gegn þrautreyndum her Þjóðverja. Titill bókarinnar vísar til þess að hann beinir athyglinni að herjum frá sex mismunandi þjóðum sem börðust í þessum átökum: Bandaríkjamönnum, Bretum, Þj ...more
With a verve and a long history of military writing, Keegan has long been a powerhouse of military history. Like a good historian, Keegan presents a view, offers facts to support it, and has this thread running through the entire work. Keegan, acknowledges the strengths of the German army in N ...more
I'd recommend this book to anyone already fami ...more
Keegan is, of course, a total conservative imperialist as well as accomplished scholar and gifted writer. Thankfully, the politics of the invasion are about as simple a case of just war as can be found and his politics don't detract from the work as they do in his volume on the Iraq war.
Anyone who's been captivated by HBO's 'Band of Brothers' should read this book- Keegan's account of the airborne ...more
Lo que nos cuenta. Con un par de recuerdos y reflexiones muy personales del autor como prólogo y conclusión, narración desde el Día D hasta la entrada de la División Leclerc en la capital gala, con una mirada hacia atrás para conocer los antecedentes militares y políticos del difícil parto de Overlord y con la intención de relatar los acontecimientos agrupándolos ...more
Particularly interesting to me were Keegan's detailing of Montgomery's planning (setting up not only the invasion, but the battle to get inland from the invasion beaches), the bloody fighting the British encountered (taking casualties they could not replace), and the gallant stand of the Polish 1st Armored Division cl ...more
Arranca desde el campo "doctrinal" cuando los ingleses preferian la opcion de ir por Italia, y los americanos defendian la idea que finalmente termino ganando, la de ir por Francia. Un segundo frente por el canal de la Mancha.