“The best-researched, best-written account [of the Normandy Campaign] I have ever read.”—Drew Middleton, The New York Times Book Review
One of the most controversial and dangerous military operations in the history of modern warfare, the battle for Normandy took over two years of planning from each country that made up the Allied forces. Mired to this day in myth and misconception, untangling the web of work that led to D-Day is nearly as daunting as the work that led to the day itself.
Drawing from declassified documents, personal interviews, diaries, and more, Carlo D’Este uncovers what really happened in Normandy. From what went right to what went wrong, D’Este takes readers on a journey from the very first moment Prime Minister Churchill considered an invasion through France to the last battles of World War II.
Loaded with photos, maps, and first-hand accounts, readers can trace the incredible road to victory and the intricate battles in-between. A comprehensive look into the military strategy surrounding the second World War, Decision in Normandy is an absolute essential for history buffs.
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This well written book will be of interest to all WWII bufs and historians.
An excellent book, but you should know that it's a command level history. D'este is writing about Montgomery and Bradley and Ike. People more interested in reading about what the dogfaces went through on the beaches should read "D-Day" by Stephen Ambrose.
Carlo D'Este goes beyond the mere review of facts. He discusses the motives, the politics, the often acrimonious negotiations between the strong personalities of the major players. He never settles for just recounting the failures and snafus of those first 2 1/2 months of Overlord, he helps us understand why events happene as they did. He achieves balance between being critically analytical and sympathetic.
This book describes the tremendous ongoing struggles of the military leaders on both sides of the battle for Normandy to organize and direct the chaos of war. Gaining the beachead on D-day was only the beginning of a months-long bloody fury as the Allies advanced on Germany. Deeply researched, fluidly written, this book shows the process of military decision-making and the difficulties of commanding a multi-national force with the most dire consequences in the balance. This is no doubt the definitive work on the battle of Normandy.