Six Armies in Normandy: From D-Day to the Liberation of Paris; June 6 - Aug. 5, 1944

Six Armies in Normandy From D Day to the Liberation of Paris June Aug Acclaimed military historian John Keegan s investigation into World War II and the Normandy InvasionThe armies of six nations met on the battlefields of Normandy in what was to be the greatest Allied

  • Title: Six Armies in Normandy: From D-Day to the Liberation of Paris; June 6 - Aug. 5, 1944
  • Author: John Keegan
  • ISBN: 9780140235425
  • Page: 160
  • Format: Paperback
  • Acclaimed military historian John Keegan s investigation into World War II and the Normandy InvasionThe armies of six nations met on the battlefields of Normandy in what was to be the greatest Allied achievement of World War II With dramatic, driving power, John Keegan describes the massed armies American, Canadian, English, French, German, and Polish at successive stagesAcclaimed military historian John Keegan s investigation into World War II and the Normandy InvasionThe armies of six nations met on the battlefields of Normandy in what was to be the greatest Allied achievement of World War II With dramatic, driving power, John Keegan describes the massed armies American, Canadian, English, French, German, and Polish at successive stages of the invasion As he details the strategies of the military engagements, Keegan brilliantly shows how each of the armies reflected its own nation s values and traditions In a new introduction written especially to commemorate the 50th anniversary of D Day, he contemplates the ways the events at the battle of Normandy still reverberate today The best military historian of our generation Tom Clancy John Keegan writes about war better than almost anyone in our century The Washington Post Book World Very dramatic Very well done a book which conjures romance from some very hard fighting A J P Taylor, The New York Review of Books The story of this vast, complex, and risky amphibious assault, and the campaign which followed, has been told many times, but never better than by John Keegan The Wall Street Journal

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    1. Read several years ago, he knew the bit he wanted to relate, the only thing really remembered, vividly. After a few minutes it was found. memories of a nightmare“At 0500”, wrote a [British] Grenadier waiting across the Orne, “a distant thunder in the air brought all the sleepy-eyed tank crews out of their blankets. A thousand Lancasters were flying in from the sea in groups of three or four at 3000 feet”. times 300?“The Germans’ anti-aircraft batteries were under devastating attack f [...]

    2. Six Armies in Normandy: From D-Day to the Liberation of Paris; June 6 - Aug. 5, 1944; Revised ranks between 3 and 4 Stars, an interesting collection of vignettes highlighting the experiences of the British, American, Canadian, Polish, German and French forces in and around Normandy from Jun 6, 1944 to the liberation of Paris at the end of August. This book, written for the 40th and revised for the 50th anniversary of D-Day, isn’t a chronological recap of the battle. Rather, it jumps from the A [...]

    3. From the dawn of time in western civilization, at least, the media best sellers have been sex, violence, and religion. In ancient times our Anglo-Saxon ancestors mixed their genealogical recounts with battle-bragging; at Agincourt and Crecy heralds of both sides stood with one another at the best vantage-point in order to watch the battle, with the mutual desire of get the details right for posterity. The earliest prints mass produced depicted Biblical scenes, wars, and and porn. While I've been [...]

    4. In general I am not a big fan of Keegan. It isn't that his stuff is bad, just that it doesn't usually lie in the direction of what it is that I want to read, or that when I do read his books they don't leap out with information that hasn't been presented elsewhere equally well. There are exceptions of course such as the Mask of Command. This book falls into the exception category. It doesn't follow the Landings on the Normandy beaches in the normal fashion and moves off the beaches still followi [...]

    5. John Keegan's reputation needs no embellishment from me. He is a first-rate military historian of the highest order. Six Armies in Normandy simply pads his resume.Keegan takes a somewhat different slant on telling the story of Normandy. He takes the battle beyond the D-Day invasion right through the breakout and the Liberation of Paris. He also does not deal with the events chronologically but rather from the differing viewpoints of the six nationalities represented in the fighting. For this rea [...]

    6. I know John Keegan by reputation, and I had high hopes for this book. It certainly isn’t a bad read, but I wouldn’t say it is a good one either. Keegan follows the six countries with armies in France at D-Day: The Americans, British, Canadian, German, Polish and French. He shows a part of the invasion of Normandy in relation to each, the landing of the Americans, or the liberation of Paris by the French, and essentially provides small vignettes of dozens of small encounters, troop movements [...]

    7. I picked up this book because I was preparing to go on a trip to visit the D-Day beaches and my knowledge of the invasion was embarrassingly scant. I had only what I remembered from high school history (next to nothing) and what I gathered from watching Band of Brothers all the way through at least seven times (more than I realized). What drew me to this book was its length, I was going to be backpacking and couldn't afford the weight of most surveys of the subject, and its perspective. I wanted [...]

    8. I liked the approach that spread the story around the six armies (American, Canadian, British, German, Polish, and French), allowing the chronology to jump a bit. That was fine, and I also liked how it went beyond Normandy & Overlord, bringing in Goodwood, Cobra, and even more-than-an-epilogue-but-not-too-much about the end of the war from the westwall to the very end. Likewise the appropriate sprinkling in of eastern front information.I didn't realize (but should've) that tanks required rai [...]

    9. Gives an enlightening view of the many experiences and contributions of the several nations involved in the effort to re-take Western Europe from the Germans.A misconception-cleansing read for those of us who've been taught the oversimplified story that the Americans single-handedly liberated Europe.

    10. I bought this edition in late 1994 along with the pb edition of Keegan's A History of Warfare that had just come out. Having previously enjoyed other of his works, I recall being very interested in these two. I read History first, and also recall being so irritated with some of the arguments in that book that I left it half finished, and never picked up Six Armies. Over two decades it stood sentry on the shelf of WWII books, shifted about only by frequent moves across the country, available for [...]

    11. I thought the book was okay. It had some great details about the airborne units of the 82nd and 101st and also describing the tanks. For the most part, the details in the book were areas that i didn't expect to read about so it wasnt what i wanted to read. Probably why i dragged so long to read it because it wasnt much to make you fall asleep. Great book if you want to read it for the extra details.

    12. An interesting treatment of the campaign in Normandy that's very engaging. I will definitely read more by Keegan although his run-on sentences take a bit of getting use to, for example:"But, inexplicably except in terms of Hitler's mistaken correlation of Western and Soviet vulnerability to shafts of 'operational' brilliance, the Germans had not retreated; had indeed not merely stood their ground but had driven hard back against the 'phase lines' of three weeks before."

    13. D-Day and the Battle of Normandy from the British perspective. The story does not mention the American fighting effort. It mentions Eisenhower, but only because he prevailed in the decision as the Allied Supreme Commander.

    14. Got this at Wonder Book in Gaithersburg (they were having a buy-two, get-one-free sale in their war section.

    15. I read this first about 25 years ago and found it interesting enough to buy my own copy. Liked seeing the views of people on different sides of the conflict

    16. The book I read to research this post was Six Armies In Normandy by John Keegan which is an excellent book which I bought on kindle. This book is about the D-day landings in Normandy in World War 2 which ultimately were a key factor in ending it. The six armies refers to the Canadian, American & British forces who landed their and comprised 6 divisions and of course were complemented by various groups like the Free French & the Poles who had their countries invaded but fought on regardle [...]

    17. I need to start with this book's limitations. It is not a history of World War II. It is not a political or social history. It I s purely a military history, tightly focused on the few weeks between D Day and the arrival of the Allied troops in Paris a couple of months later. Even given this tight focus, it was very strange reading a book about the war, with no mention at all of why we were fighting. Not one word about the Jews. Not one word about concentration camps. Rather, this is military hi [...]

    18. I am rereading this in conjunction with the 70th (!) anniversary of the Normandy invasion. A few observations:The late John Keegan has been criticized for romanticizing war and being too much the eager fan of military conflict. This characterization is probably a fair one, although personally, I would rather read a book by someone enthused by his subject than the alternative. An awful lot of military history - especially operational accounts - can be dry and tedious in the extreme. Keegan, with [...]

    19. John Keegan er orðinn einn af uppáhalds höfundum mínum hvað varðar sögu síðari heimsstyrjaldarinnar. Texti hans er grípandi og lýsandi auk þess sem afburða þekking hans á hernaðarsögu skilar sér vel til skila.Í "Six Armies in Normandy" segir Keegan frá undirbúningi innrásarinnar í Frakkland þegar Bandamenn réðust gegn þrautreyndum her Þjóðverja. Titill bókarinnar vísar til þess að hann beinir athyglinni að herjum frá sex mismunandi þjóðum sem börðust í [...]

    20. Overall, a very good read. Before reading this book however, I would highly advise that you already have a basic understanding of the Normandy region and some of the key leaders of the operation. This book was clearly written with the notion in mind that the reader already has some background knowledge of the event. It fails to give really any building blocks, which may make the read a bit difficult to follow along. That being said this book was very enlightening. It provides a glimpse into a va [...]

    21. A bizaarely laid out book. There's some good writing in there and some interesting personal anecdotes but as a whole the work is disapointing. Keegan describes the Battle of Normandy from the perspective of 6 different armies in each chapter. The problem is that he looks at only one action for each. For example, the first chapter follows the Airbourne American Divisions and their actions in almost minute detail but with little explanation of the wider conflict and their British Brothers in Arms [...]

    22. As a stand alone book, Six armies in Normandy is an adequate account of the Normandy campaign. As a complementary piece, to say, Hasting's Overlord, Six Armies becomes an excellent collection of vignettes. With a verve and a long history of military writing, Keegan has long been a powerhouse of military history. Like a good historian, Keegan presents a view, offers facts to support it, and has this thread running through the entire work. Keegan, acknowledges the strengths of the German army in N [...]

    23. John Keegan has his reputation and lives up to it in this rather unusual look at the early stages of the Normandy landings. Unusual because it is selective in choosing the breakout as the main theme and grafts on to this the liberation of Paris! The latter enables him to include the Free French as one of the participants and to write a deserved thank you to the German commander who disobeyed Hitler's orders to destroy the city. He covers the usual debates over Montgomery and the Americans and in [...]

    24. John Keegan's study of Normandy ’44 focuses too much on narrative and anecdotal accounts at the expense of the bigger picture (i.e what happened and why). While this leaves the reader with an interesting collection of stories, Keegan needed to do more to weave these stories together in a cohesive fashion. To make matters worse, some stories are left out entirely (Omaha Beach is an example) and I can only wonder at the author's reasons for doing so.I'd recommend this book to anyone already fami [...]

    25. As good of a writer as Keegan is, much of the book consists of mere re-hashings of the work of other historians. The chapter on the US Airborne troops, for example, qoutes so liberally from Stephen Ambrose that one might as well just bite the bullet and read Ambrose's Band of Brothers or D-Day, instead of passages from them, sporadically interrupted by Keegan's commentary. The section on the British troops before Caen, likewise, is unfortunately brief and has little new to add to the body of wor [...]

    26. "Six Armies in Normandy" tries to highlight the experiences of particular units from the armed forces of the nations which sent large numbers of men into battle in Normandy and Central France in 1944. While Mr. Keegan does not fail in this task, he merely passes a quick hand over the contributions of each of the six nations he chooses to include, leaving the reader with only an impression of the identities and struggles associated with each unit detailed. Mr. Keegan also borrows heavily from oth [...]

    27. A staggeringly powerful visualization and analysis of one of the most important battles in history.Keegan is, of course, a total conservative imperialist as well as accomplished scholar and gifted writer. Thankfully, the politics of the invasion are about as simple a case of just war as can be found and his politics don't detract from the work as they do in his volume on the Iraq war.Anyone who's been captivated by HBO's 'Band of Brothers' should read this book- Keegan's account of the airborne [...]

    28. -Más que sobre el desembarco de Normandía, de Overlord en general y del camino hacia la toma de París en particular.- Género. Historia.Lo que nos cuenta. Con un par de recuerdos y reflexiones muy personales del autor como prólogo y conclusión, narración desde el Día D hasta la entrada de la División Leclerc en la capital gala, con una mirada hacia atrás para conocer los antecedentes militares y políticos del difícil parto de Overlord y con la intención de relatar los acontecimientos [...]

    29. An excellent history of the Normandy campaign - not just the invasion, but the series of battles the followed, ultimately leading to the liberation of Paris in late August of 1944. Particularly interesting to me were Keegan's detailing of Montgomery's planning (setting up not only the invasion, but the battle to get inland from the invasion beaches), the bloody fighting the British encountered (taking casualties they could not replace), and the gallant stand of the Polish 1st Armored Division cl [...]

    30. Awesome. Not sure what snobbery possessed me not to read Keegan before but this is the best D Day book I've read so far with loads of insight. Never knew the intrigue behind opening the front in Europe but the book leads with that. And I should say it's less a D Day book than one about the achievements of six armies from June 6 to the liberation of Paris on August 25. I knew a lot before but learned a lot more by reading this. Highly recommend it and will be delving into more Keegan books in the [...]

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