The Normandy Campaign: 1944: Sixty Years On: Sixty Years On [NOOK Book]

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Bringing together essays on key aspects of the Normandy campaign from leading names in military history, this book re-examines the crucial issues and debates of the D-Day campaign. Although it was the most important campaign fought by the Western Allies in World War II and was pivotal in determining the outcome of the war, there remains much to debate about D-Day and subsequent operations in Normandy. This volume tackles a range of core topics, placing them in their current historiographical context, to present ...
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The Normandy Campaign: 1944: Sixty Years On: Sixty Years On

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Overview

Bringing together essays on key aspects of the Normandy campaign from leading names in military history, this book re-examines the crucial issues and debates of the D-Day campaign. Although it was the most important campaign fought by the Western Allies in World War II and was pivotal in determining the outcome of the war, there remains much to debate about D-Day and subsequent operations in Normandy. This volume tackles a range of core topics, placing them in their current historiographical context, to present new and sometimes revisionist interpretations of key issues. How effective was the deception plan used against the Germans? Can it be said that the German army was superior to the American, British and Canadian forces? Why did the Allied armies become bogged down for two months and to what extent, if at all, was the stalemate a product of poor Allied operational technique or German tactical flair? How have we come to see or interpret the Normandy campaign through the media of cinema and television?

As World War II is increasingly becoming a field of revisionism, this book sits squarely within growing debates and brings current thinking from leading military and strategic historians to a wider audience. This book will be of great interest to students of World War II, and of military and strategic studies in general.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781134203031
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/29/2006
  • Series: Military History and Policy
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • File size: 375 KB

Table of Contents

1 The 21st army group in Normandy : towards a new balance sheet 11
2 The German perspective 22
3 The German commanders of D-day 35
4 Culture, controversy, Caen and Cherbourg : the first week of the battle 48
5 American tactical innovation in Normandy, 1944 64
6 British armoured operations in Normandy, June-August 1944 74
7 Operation BLUECOAT - a victory ignored? 90
8 'The black day unrealised' : operation TOTALIZE and the problems of translating tactical success into a decisive breakout 104
9 Dead cows and tigers : some aspects of the experience of the British soldier in Normandy, 1944 118
10 The Luftwaffe in Normandy 131
11 Arthur Tedder and the transportation plans 147
12 Caen - the martyred city 158
13 Deception and the planning of D-day 170
14 Intelligence and OVERLORD : a snapshot from 6 June 1944 185
15 Reconstructing D-day : 6 June 1944 and British documentary films 201
16 D-day in Hollywood motion picture : a brief history of changing perceptions of war 213
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