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"There is not much doubt that [The Duel for France] will find a wide audience." -- New York Times Book Review

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Martin Blumenson is the author of a dozen books on military subjects.
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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (June 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306809389
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306809385
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,854,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 15, 2002
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The Duel for France, 1944-The Men and Battles that Changed the Fate of Europe by Martin Blumenson, 2000, 432 pages (soft cover)
This easily read book never lets the reader forget that flesh and blood-soldiers, led by officers with human doubts, limitations, and determination conducted the Allies' breakout and pursuit from their initial Normandy lodgment to the German border during the summer of 1944. Martin Blumenson shows us the conduct of war. He shares command pressures and responsibilities, as well as the combat soldier's hopes and fears. The more familiar characters-Eisenhower, Bradley, Patton, Montgomery and their German counterparts are there. However, unlike most popular writings, opposing corps commanders also come sharply into focus. These particular individuals have been generally overlooked in popular writings {official as well as unofficial), in favor of regimental, divisional, army, and army group commanders. Blumenson succeeds admirably in correcting this imbalance. This is a masterly and dramatic military narrative in the great tradition-and a moving human record of a turning point in history. Its recent publication in paperback (2000) shows its enduring value.
This book was originally published less than a year after the author published the official World War II Army history of this same period of time-Breakout and Pursuit (1962). That official history represents the definitive account Operation Cobra and the Allied pursuit across France. The Duel for France, is similar in scope to the official volume but different in treatment. This is not simply a short version of Breakout and Pursuit. Rather, the author created a new book, no more definitive but more readable.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By T. Green on February 3, 2006
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This is an excellent account of the War in France, accounting for virtually all aspects of that battle in World War II. It is a perfect level of detail, neither too much nor too little. The only drawback is that it is woefully short of maps. I purchased a copy of the Michelin World War II map to use while I read the book and this made it easily comprehensible. You also could use the West Point World War II maps volume. Either way, get the book and a map and prepare to enjoy yourself.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John C. Davenport on December 18, 2007
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Duel for France is a solid narrative of the events of 1944, from the Normandy beaches to the very borders of Nazi Germany. The German and Allied perspectives are both represented, and the book is richly detailed. The work is hindered, however, by a lack of endnotes, some questionable grammar, and a writing style that is somtimes sluggish, sometimes rushed. Perhaps the most glaring defect is the book's near total reluctance to discuss, in any real depth, the naval and air aspects of the invasion and subsequent operations. That said, Duel for France is still a good read for those interested in D-Day and the liberation of France.
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