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D-Day by Antony Beevor
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Jul 26, 2011

really liked it

A very readable account of the build up to and execution of Operation Overlord that not only provides an insight to the precarious timing of the invasion but reveals the friction that existed between the Allied commanders; the arrogance of De Gaulle; everybody's apparant frustration with Montgomery; and even the tension between the US Commanders. It also explains the lengths the Allies went to in order not to reveal their knowledge of the German codes and explains the differing attitudes towards the defence of mainland Europe among the German General Staff and the need for Hitler to exercise personal control at all levels, from the strategic to the operational. The accounts of individual heroism, tragic errors and the punishment suffered by the Normans at the hands of Bomber Command and Allied artillery are both sobering and humbling, whilst the development of air/land cooperation paved the way for future operational art. Highly recommended.

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