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Two Sides of the Beach: The Invasion and Defense of Europe in 1944 Hardcover – April 1, 2001
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Edmund Blanford's Two Sides Of The Beach: The Invasion And Defense Of Europe In 1944 vividly presents the story of D-Day and the Invasion of Europe from the perspectives of both the attacking and defending forces. Blanford includes comments and descriptions from a wide range of Allied and German forces ranging from the generals to front-line infantry soldiers. Two Sides Of The Beach compelling relates the horror of combat through the eyes of the fighting men and candid relates they terror, exhaustion, and the fury. Two Sides Of The Beach is "must" reading for all military buffs and students of the World War II European Theater. --By Midwest Book Review
Normally books where the author goes from first person account to account, with a brief set up in between, is not one of my favorites. However, this book is so well done and ballanced you hardly notice this style. This book only covers the German Commonwealth point of view, so no accounts of Omaha and Utah here (However plenty of references, such as the US refusal of using Hobart's funnies). The book also goes right into action with only two short chapters prior the actual invasion, and covers the time frame well beyond the beach. The American reader will need to brush up on their "English" due to the slang the British use. Overall a must read for any person who wishes a better look at the Eastern half of OVERLORD and beyond. --By Mitch Reed
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By no means is this a comprehensive account of the Normandy campaign, it is more of an oral history similar in style to Gerald Astor or Lyn MacDonald and just as good. This book would blend in well and complement such campaign studies as Max Hasting's `Overlord' (1984) or Carlo D'este's `Decision in Normandy' (1983) as well as many other detailed histories. The beauty of this book is in the first-hand accounts provided by the participants, they are brutally honest and refreshing. They give you a real idea of what the soldiers endured during the fighting for Normandy and the subsequent breakout.
The only problem that I found with this book was the total lack of maps, just a few of the area would have been appreciated. However a number of good black & white photographs were provided in the book that fitted in with the story. Overall this was a most interesting account and the narrative was fast paced and well researched. I am sure that anyone who enjoys a good historical account or has a passion for the Normandy campaign will appreciate this book.
Thankfully, this will only shorten the book by 20% or so.
Ike was a terrible battlefield commander, Patton was only a success due to Monty's and the British army's earlier sacrifices, etc, etc....ad infinitum.
Ask the German's who opposed both who was a better general, Monty or Patton and I think you will get a more qualified answer than the author's, or mine for that matter.
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Blandford has a good technique in presenting views of both the Canadian and British attachers who landed on the Normandy shores, as well as those of the German soldiers defending... Read morePublished on March 1, 2004 by ted bojanowski
This book was a disappointment as I expected new information of the Allied side and the German side in Normandy. Read morePublished on January 10, 2002 by R. Williams