D-Day: The Decision to Launch: A Selection from D-Day: The Battle for Normandy (Penguin Tracks)

D-Day: The Decision to Launch: A Selection from D-Day: The Battle for Normandy (Penguin Tracks)

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by Antony Beevor
     
 

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The little-known drama of the last-minute decision to launch the invasion of Normandy—excerpted from the internationally bestselling D-Day: The Battle for Normandy
 
In D-Day: The Decision to Launch, excerpted from Antony Beevor’s bestselling book D-Day: The Battle for Normandy, readers get the little-known story of

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The little-known drama of the last-minute decision to launch the invasion of Normandy—excerpted from the internationally bestselling D-Day: The Battle for Normandy
 
In D-Day: The Decision to Launch, excerpted from Antony Beevor’s bestselling book D-Day: The Battle for Normandy, readers get the little-known story of how the difficult decision was made to launch the Allied invasion of France on June 6, 1944.
 
The stakes could not have been higher: if Operation Overlord were to fail, it would be a crushing blow to the Allies, a huge loss of both men and equipment. The decision of when to launch rested with supreme commander General Dwight D. Eisenhower, but it hinged on one factor: the weather. If there was too much cloud cover, the Allied bombers wouldn’t be able to provide air support, and if the seas were too rough, the landing craft would be swamped. It fell to one man to predict the weather: Dr. James Stagg, the head of the meteorological team at Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force.
 
This riveting selection from D-Day, praised by Time as “a vibrant work of history that honors the sacrifice of tens of thousands of men and women,” tells the fascinating inside story of one of the most important decisions of World War II.

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ISBN-13:
9781101630907
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/21/2013
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
30
Sales rank:
163,505
File size:
586 KB

Meet the Author

ANTONY BEEVOR is the bestselling author of numerous works of history, including D-Day: The Battle for Normandy; The Battle for Spain, which received the La Vanguardia Prize; Paris After the Liberation 1944–1949; Stalingrad, which won the Samuel Johnson Prize, the Wolfson Prize for History, and the Hawthornden Prize for Literature; and The Fall of Berlin 1945, which received the first Longman-History Today Trustees’ Award. He lives in England.

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Azpooldude More than 1 year ago
Anthoney Beevor's newly released book on D-Day and the events that followed up to the liberation of Paris, is a very informative book. It is a good book but not a great book. Beevor covers in well documented detail, the war on the Western Front with Nazi Germany. At first I was prejudiced about this aspect of the war compared to the much larger campaigns on the Eastern Front. This book does a good job of explaining how the Allies were facing a very real threat with 9-10 divisions on a 60 mile front versus the same amount of fire in the east on a 200 mile front. In general, the book covers the pre-D-Day scenarios, the landing, and the slow progress of the Allies in the weeks and months after the invasion. It goes into detail about many of the important events, i.e failures at Caen, St.-Lo, Operation Colbra, to name a few. Also off interest is the plot against Hitler, and the final liberation of Paris. Beevor not only covers the personalities of the many generals, like Montgomery, Bradley and Patton, but also the rest of the players from colonels on down to privates. This is done on both sides and is one of the strong points of the book. He also does a good job on how the war affected the people of France and the power struggle that developed between De gaulle and the French Communist party. A very interesting part was the super storm on June 19th, 1944, that played a large part in the war, and would have been a total disaster for the Allies if they had planned their invasion two weeks later. One advantage this book has over previous accounts of the war is that it was released in 2009. By this time, many if not all of the classified information, had been released so the reader is treated to many new revelations. Not only does he do a good job of weaving Ultra intelligence (the breaking of the German signal codes) into the accounts but also the role of the clandestine Jedburghs teams (Special Operations Teams) as well. This was very well done. The invasion and the aftermath was not a smooth operation as many believed. There were many poor decisions made that cost the lives of many soldiers. Some of note were: the friendly fire mishaps by allied bombers, Commanders failing to quickly attack the Germans after pounding the enemy with artillery, the over bombing of many French villages, and the many mistakes made by the generals, most noticeably Field Marshall Montgomery. It is refreshing to get the full picture with both the good and the bad. We get into the minds of both Allies and Germans and see the human and inhuman side of both. Much is discussed on how the German generals were in a bind, knowing that the war was lost but still had to pledge allegiance to Hitler and obey his crazy orders. I think that many will find this book informative, but I liked Beevors' other books better. It covered many things well, but it was not a fluid read and a little choppy. There are maps to show details of the many battles, a wonderful picture section in the middle of the book and a small glossary to help the reader with military terms. But when I read Beevor's earlier book on the Battle of Stalingrad, I was so impressed I read it twice. Maybe it was that at that time in the war all looked lost, and the Soviet Army started to turn the tide. In mid-1944, things were not as critical and the battles were not as impressive. I am not sure. Either way, this book was not nearly as good as his other works. Robert Glasker
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is hard to write a book on D-day that is interesting yet has new facts. This book does both. Add that to the "amplification" for the Nook, and it's a great read cover to cover.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good solid work, well written with excellent descriptive writing of actual combat. It is not however up to this author's usual high standards. There is little of the operational or strategic overview that should be part of this narrative. The issues relating to planning at the highest levels--Roosevelt, Churchill ,Marshall et al are glossed over. There are many excellent works relating to D-Day. Unfortunately, this book adds nothing to them. There are many better books on the subject, and the works of D'Este and Hastings come immediately to mind.
coyoteVA More than 1 year ago
For those that wish to get more detail concerning the day to day conflict in Normandy from June 6 to the liberation of Paris, this is a great source. Well worth the time if you are a history buff or have always wondered how the Normandy Invasion was really fought beyond what little you might learn in the movies or on TV.
GeologistRW More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the comments on some of the different personalities, especially Montegomery; they confirmed my opinion of that egocentric character. Also, the discussion of the French civilian population's trials and suffering is rarely covered in other works. The discussions of the political rivalaries on both sides of the conflict was quite interesting. All in all, a good history!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
5:It was the first mission to legitimetly take out the Nazi regime.4:The airbione divisions didnt capture alot of land,much less head back to the aircraft carrier.3:British forces captured the most land in seaborne cases.2:Most German defenses were only bunkers with machine gunners,which the snipers took care of.1:Even with the land they captured,American,British ore(get it minecrafters?)Canadians failed to reach a targeted city within the first 24 hours.
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Beech-711 More than 1 year ago
Well researched book and interesting. At times was a little hard to follow, but I guess I got too used to Stephen Ambrose. Do not like to nit pick, but author uses constantly uses "further" when he should have used "farther" when related to distance. I particularly enjoyed his account of the Liberation of Paris.
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