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Six Armies in Normandy: From D-Day to the Liberation of Paris; June 6 - Aug. 5, 1944; Revised Paperback – June 1, 1994
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Keegan is a skilled writer and his battle accounts are stirring. But beyond the vivid battle stories, this is also a book that will engage intellectually those who study battles and tactics, as well as the diplomatic activity that was necessary for the Allied victory in the Second World War's European theater of operations. --Robert McNamara
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As such it presents a thrilling and wonderfully readable account of how one of the most momentous clashes of the century began and unfolded on the beaches, along the coastline, and then on into the bucolic fields, villages, and countryside of France itself. Like an afternoon's excursion into Hell itself, one quickly becomes embroiled in the vision of battle across the face of Normandy, watching as a cauldron of murder and mayhem pours itself onto the face of France, witnessing the Allies as they successfully beat back the counter-offenses by the German panzer divisions.Read more ›
His analytical method (I hesitate to call it a 'device' because it is not the least bit artificial or awkward) compares the national historical character of each combatant nation with the decisive phase of the campaign in which each struggled. He compares the dashing (and desperate) courage of American paratroopers compares to the savage, sacrificial bravery of the Free Polish tank corps, in a way that no historian I've read has done before.
Mr. Keegan is a writer and historian of the first rank. Each of his many books is among my all-time favorite works of non-fiction; my only regret is that his erudite, rigorously scholarly output cannot possibly meet my voracious demand!
Keegan's contribution to the field of history (the weight, variety, and evenly superb quality of his work) makes one compare him inevitably to Sir Kenneth Clarke. Perhaps those in charge of making Britons into 'Sirs' will take notice of this fact and reward him accordingly.
Three cheers for Sir John!
Noted military historian John Keegan doesn't offer a comprehensive narrative of the Normandy invasion and the six armies progress to Paris. The chapters at times stand alone and offer aspects of the inception, planning, command and control of the armies, air forces and navies. There are some fine descriptions of personalities and combat. There are some digressions that tell incomplete stories, in particular regarding French, Polish and Canadian troops.
Keegan at times reveals his background knowledge of British military history. For some readers it may be a distraction. Also, it at times is British-centric and carries a bit of condescension towards the French and Americans. But Six Armies is a fine narrative that readers with a background in the European Theatre may enjoy. First time readers in the field may put this aside as being dense.
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Here John Keegan offers us the varying perspectives of the six armies of the title: the American, Canadian, British (both English and Scottish in separate chapters), German, Polish... Read morePublished 2 months ago by The Guardian
Superbly researched and executed. An unusual approach in chapter construction, particularly the Canadian and Polish chapters, the content of which makes for an accessible read and... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Leigh Russell
This book is not a typical recounting of the campaign in Normandy. It is a close look at and analysis of two major subjects: the leadership behind the invasion of Normandy and a... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kiwiwriter
The history was good as a general explanation. I think the value of the book is in those points not normally covered in the routine historian's account of the details of each... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Martin Amance
I recommend this book for anyone interested in the history of WWII in Normandy. Excellent writing. Gripping stories with loads of detial.Published 10 months ago by Judith A. Collins
On the 70th anniversary of the Normandy invasion several books were recommended by the Arizona Republic and this is one I purchased. Read morePublished 19 months ago by James C. Casterline