In anticipation of the 75th anniversary of D-Day comes this fresh perspective on the Normandy invasion -- -the beginning of the end of World War II. The book highlights the conflicting egos, national rivalries, and professional abilities of the principal D-Day commanders who planned and executed the OVERLORD Operation and its aftermath. Two historians, one American and one British, show how lack of cooperation and bad decisions lengthened the war, increased casualties, and allowed the later Soviet domination of Eastern Europe.
From their in-depth analysis of past D-Day literature, primary and archival sources, the authors provide insightful answers to the many controversies that have long surrounded the OVERLORD campaign. Among the questions addressed are: What caused the two-month delay for the Allied breakout from the Normandy beachhead. Why did the bulk of the German army escape from the Falaise Pocket? Who stopped Patton's August 1944 advance into Germany? Why did it take so long to open the Port of Antwerp needed for securing the required supplies for the Allied advance into Germany?
The evidence presented in this book makes it clear that the problems raised by these questions and many other difficulties could have been avoided if the Allied commanders had been less contentious, a factor that sometimes led to catastrophic battlefield outcomes.
Complete with maps that illustrate the campaign's progression and photographs of the commanders and the forbidding battlefield terrain, this new examination of the war in Europe makes a major contribution to our understanding of the decision-making behind these pivotal historic events.
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About the Author
David Ramsay is the author of Lusitania Saga and Myth and 'Blinker' Hall, Spymaster: The Man Who Brought America into World War I. He has lectured and been interviewed for radio and television on Winston Churchill's career, the Gallipoli Campaign, the 1944 Normandy landings, and the story of the Lusitania. He is a graduate of Trinity College Cambridge in history and economics. His father, Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay, was the naval commander-in-chief for the Normandy Invasion and had previously directed the Dunkirk evacuation. Admiral Ramsay had also been responsible for planning the invasion of North Africa and commanded the British task force for the invasion of Sicily.
Table of Contents
List of Charts and Maps 9
List of Photographs 11
Background and Acknowledgments 13
Introduction: Remembering D-Day in History and Memory 15
Chapter 1 Setting the Stage: Struggle over Opening the Second Front 19
Chapter 2 First Shots: Controversies over D-Day Planning 33
Chapter 3 "Who Will Command OVERLORD?" 43
Chapter 4 The OVERLORD Gamble 79
Chapter 5 Cracks in Fortress Europe 117
Chapter 6 The "Longest Day" Comes Up Short 137
Chapter 7 Who Was in Control? 165
Chapter 8 Breakout Blues 195
Chapter 9 Patton Unleashed 225
Chapter 10 Falaise Follies 245
Chapter 11 The Lost Victory 275
Chapter 12 The Antwerp/MARKET GARDEN Fiascos 299
Chapter 13 Crisis in Command 321