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Caen: Anvil of Victory
Alexander McKee
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Caen: Anvil of Victory

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  51 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
Today it is almost forgotten that the D-Day landings of 6 June 1944 did not bring a single, isolate victory. As this masterly book reminds us, that first foothold on enemy shores was won at enormous cost, and for two months afterwards a fierce battle raged for the control of Caen. Using the personal accounts of those who took part in the fighting, both Allied and German, a ...more
ebook, 300 pages
Published February 1st 2012 by Souvenir Press (first published September 1964)
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Rich Post
This book is a bit of a confused mash partly due to the inclusion of only a few maps. The author also quotes extensively from participants of the battle and it's easy to miss the closing quotation marks at times. Despite these downsides some of the battle narratives provide perspective from both sides of the battlefield and a view of the British side of the Normandy battles.

Worth reading for those interested in military history or WW2.
Jun 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a history of the Battle of Normandy (06-06-1944 to 31-08-1944), in which the civilians of Normandy paid a disproportionate part of the cost in French lives for their nation's Libération. It is a work of meticulous scholarship, inasmuch as it presents in abundant detail the day by day reality of the struggle through the eyes of many eyewitnesses on both sides. It appeared in 1964, so no doubt it has been widely critiqued and its strengths and weaknesses (if such there are) are a matter of ...more
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Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some books provide a better overall view of the battle for Normandy. Several describe individual actions in more detail (Mark Zuehlke's are particularly good). This one stands out because it puts the reader into the middle of the sights, sounds, smells and emotions of the physical and moral chaos that constituted two months of deadly struggle. McKee details the human reality with great effect: brutality, occasional mercies, sudden and unimaginable violence, breaks for tea, the frequent dependenc ...more
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Alexander McKee was no "yes-man", he dared to criticise many military, political, economic, media and academic icons and he always kept an open mind. He was fanatical about making his works as accurate as he possibly could. He was ever alert to plain-wrong, biased, distorted or sloppy reports and hidden agendas; wickedly delighting (the more so as a self-educated man) in criticising and exposing a ...more
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