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D-Day by Antony Beevor
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Sep 12, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: history, non-fiction
Read from February 28 to September 12, 2010

This is a great narrative of the D-Day campaign and goes over some of the previous books on the subject and deals with some of the previous known facts of the battle which turn out not to be true even though they have achieved almost a legend status. That the victory was a great achievement can not be denied. This book does a wonderful job of explaining how the job was done and what it cost to achieve the victory.
Beevor also does a good job relating how politics impacted the campaign from the start all the way through to the liberation of Paris. He notes that the French agenda did not always match up with that of the Americans and British.
I would recommend this book to any who is interested in the campaign and wants a balanced write up. It is good for someone who has not read much (or anything) on the campaign all the way up to someone like myself who has read a great deal on the topic.
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Reading Progress

02/28/2010 page 14
2.37% "Chapter 1 The Decision"
04/25/2010 page 31
5.25% "Chapter 3 Watch on the Channel"
05/01/2010 page 51
8.63% "Chapter 5 The Airborne Assault"
08/10/2010 page 88
14.0% "Chapter 7 Omaha"
08/10/2010 page 114
19.0% "Chapter 8 Utah & the Airborne"
08/12/2010 page 186
31.0% "Chapter 13 Villers-Bocage"
08/16/2010 page 207
34.0% "Chapter 14 The Americans on the Cotentin Peninsula"
08/18/2010 page 241
40.0% "Chapter 16 The Battle of the Bocage"
08/24/2010 page 282
46.0% "Chapter 18 The Final Battle of Saint-Lo"
08/27/2010 page 305
50.0% "Chapter 19 Operation Goodwood"
08/31/2010 page 332
55.0% "Chapter 20 The Plot against Hitler"
08/31/2010 page 366
60.0% "Chapter 22 Operation Cobra - Breakout"
09/07/2010 page 398
65.0% "Chapter 24 The Mortain Counter-attack"
09/08/2010 page 422
69.0% "Chapter 25 Operation Totalize"
09/10/2010 page 441
73.0% "Chapter 26 The Hammer and Anvil"
09/11/2010 page 468
77.0% "Chapter 27 The Killing Ground of the Falaise Pocket"
09/12/2010 page 480
79.0% "Chapter 28 The Paris Uprising and the Race fro the Seine."
09/12/2010 page 480
79.0% "Chapter 28 The Paris Uprising and the Race for the Seine"
09/12/2010 page 498
82.0% "Chapter 29 The Liberation of Paris"

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