Six Armies in Normandy: From D-Day to the Liberation of Paris

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Acclaimed military historian John Keegan’s investigation into World War II and the Normandy Invasion

The armies of six nations met on the battlefields of Normandy in what was to be the greatest Allied achievement of World War II. With dramatic, driving power, John Keegan describes the massed armies—American, Canadian, English, French, German, and Polish—at successive stages of the invasion. As he details the strategies of the military engagements, Keegan brilliantly shows how ...

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Overview

Acclaimed military historian John Keegan’s investigation into World War II and the Normandy Invasion

The armies of six nations met on the battlefields of Normandy in what was to be the greatest Allied achievement of World War II. With dramatic, driving power, John Keegan describes the massed armies—American, Canadian, English, French, German, and Polish—at successive stages of the invasion. As he details the strategies of the military engagements, Keegan brilliantly shows how each of the armies reflected its own nation's values and traditions. In a new introduction written especially to commemorate the 50th anniversary of D-Day, he contemplates the ways the events at the battle of Normandy still reverberate today.

“The best military historian of our generation.” –Tom Clancy
 
“John Keegan writes about war better than almost anyone in our century.” –The Washington Post Book World
 
“Very dramatic… Very well done… a book which conjures romance from some very hard fighting.” –A. J. P. Taylor, The New York Review of Books
 
“The story of this vast, complex, and risky amphibious assault, and the campaign which followed, has been told many times, but never better than by John Keegan.” –The Wall Street Journal

The man "who writes about the war better than almost anyone in our century" ( The Washington Post Book World) here details how the armies of six nations met on the battlefields of Normandy in what was to be the greatest allied achievement of World War II.

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Editorial Reviews

A.J.P. Taylor
Very dramatic...very well done. -- The New York Review of Books
Washington Post Book World
John Keegan writes about war better than almost anyone in our century.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140235425
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/1994
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 297,993
  • Product dimensions: 5.19 (w) x 7.79 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Sir John Desmond Patrick Keegan (1934–2012), was one of the most distinguished contemporary military historians and was for many years the senior lecturer at Sandhurst (the British Royal Military Academy) and the defense editor of the Daily Telegraph (London). Keegan was the author of numerous books including The Face of Battle, The Mask of Command, The Price of Admiralty, Six Armies in Normandy, and The Second World War, and was a fellow at the Royal Society of Literature.

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Table of Contents

Six Armies in Normandy Illustrations and Credits Foreword Acknowledgments Introduction

Prologue
In the Invasion Area

1. Journey to the Second Front

Stilwell Wedemeyer Eisenhower Molotov Marshall Brooke Montgomery Rommel

2. All-American Screaming Eagles

Flight Descent Landing Gathering Action
1. The 3rd/505th at Ste Mère-Eglise
2. The 1st/505th at the Merderet
3. The 2nd/507th at Cauquigny
4. The 3rd/506th at the Douve Bridges
5. The 1st/502nd at WXYZ
6. The 3rd/501st at Pouppeville

3. Canada: to the South Shore

Dieppe: the Awful Warning Fire Support The German Defenders Bombardment Run-in Touch-down Inland

4. Scottish Corridor

The Fight of the Panzer Divisions The March to the Battlefield The Fall of Cherbourg The Great Storm Epsom Scotland the Brave Finding the Enemy Across the River

5. Yeomen of England

Planning a Break-through The Waiting Armour Moving Up Bombardment Into the Corridor Battle Group von Luck Counter-attack Repercussions

6. The Honour of the German Army

Break-through Patton The Will of the Führer Operation Lüttich

7. 'A Polish Battlefield'

'The Worst Day of My Life'
Command Indecision General Sikorski's Tourists Contact at Chambois The Mace

8. Free France

Insurrection Truce De Gaulle La Division Leclerc Liberation

Epilogue
From the Atlantic Wall to the Iron Curtain

Appendix: British, American and German Divisions in Normandy, June 6th-August 25th, 1944
References Select Bibliography Index Index of Formations and Units

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2004

    60th Anniversary of D-Day Background

    As the 60th anniversary of D-Day approaches, a revisit to Keegan¿s excellent book recalls those tumultuous days. The landings, and the subsequent battle for Normandy, have no parallel in history ¿ or ever will. A skilled historian is needed to unravel the strategy, tactics ¿ and the politics ¿ that surround the momentous events. And Keegan does it with skillful scholarship, embedding the details of conflict into the broader aspects of logistics that decided the fall of Hitler (despite his determined, experienced armies) and the victory of the Allies, with their superior air power. Keegan covers all aspects of the combatants, including the roles of the Poles, Canadians and French whose valiant efforts in Normandy are, regrettably, often overlooked. Neither does he ignore the role of the individual in history: the pressures on Montgomery to deliver a victory without the horrendous casualties he had seen during the First World War; the demands on Eisenhower ¿ which he resisted ¿ to fire Montgomery; and the intransigence of Hitler, who, imbued with a fanatical self-belief following his deliverance from an assassination attempt, stubbornly overrules his generals to hand a crushing victory to the Allies. Keegan tells all this ¿ and more- with a use of English rarely seen nowadays. He uses the full panoply of his art to tell the story of this immense, complex and unparalleled chapter of history. Many writers have told the story of the definitive moment in twentieth century history, but none better than Keegan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2001

    Excellent

    Beautifully written, well researched and one of the key books about the war in the West in 1944. You can rarely go wrong with John Keegan, and this is one of his best

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