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  • Published: 24 May 2012
  • ISBN: 9780241962060
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 608
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D-Day

The Battle for Normandy




The king of military history's massive number 1 bestseller is now an action-packed ebook, filled with incredible period footage and a filmed introduction by Antony Beevor himself.

This enhanced ebook contains scores of fascinating additional material, including astonishing black & white and colour footage taken at the time of the events:

- Video introduction by Antony Beevor
- 26 embedded film clips, including footage of the Normandy landings, firefights in the deadly bocage hedgerows, Allied bombing raids, Allied commanders, the liberation of Paris
- Rarely seen original NBC and Universal newsreels and radio broadcasts announcing the invasion
- Rare colour footage shot by the journalist Jack Lieb

The Normandy landings that took place on D-Day involved by far the largest invasion fleet ever known. The scale of the undertaking was simply awesome. What followed them was some of the most cunning, ferocious and savage fighting of the war.

As casualties mounted, so too did tensions between the commanders on both sides. Meanwhile, French civilians caught in the middle of the fighting endured terrible suffering; even the joys of Liberation had their dark side. The war in northern France marked the whole of the post-war world, profoundly influencing relations between Europe and America.

Making use of overlooked and new material from more than 30 archives in 6 countries, D-Day is the most vivid and well-researched account yet of the battle of Normandy. As with Stalingrad and Berlin, Antony Beevor's gripping narrative conveys the true experience of war.

  • Published: 24 May 2012
  • ISBN: 9780241962060
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 608
Categories:

About the author

Antony Beevor

Antony Beevor's books include Crete - The Battle and the Resistance, which won a Runciman Prize; Paris After the Liberation, 1944-1949 (written with his wife, Artemis Cooper); Stalingrad, which won the Samuel Johnson Prize, the Wolfson Prize for History and the Hawthornden Prize for Literature; Berlin - The Downfall, which received the first Longman ­History Today Trustees' Award; and, most recently, The Battle for Spain. His books have appeared inthirty foreign editions and sold nearly four million copies.

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Praise for D-Day

Beevor can be credited with single-handedly transforming the reputation of military history

David Edgar, Guardian

His singular ability to make huge historical events accessible to a general audience recalls the golden age of British narrative history, whose giants include Gibbon, Macaulay and Carlyle

Boyd Tonkin, Independent

A knockout reassessment of one of the Second World War's great set-piece battles. Swoops from the vicious close-quarter fighting in the hedgerows to the petrified French onlookers and onwards to the political leaders wrestling with monumental decisions

Sunday Times

Beevor has succeeded brilliantly. D-Day can sit proudly alongside his other masterworks on Stalingrad and the fall of Berlin. Superbly brings the events of that summer to life again

Patrick Bishop, Daily Telegraph

As near as possible to experiencing what it was like to be there. . . It is almost impossible for a reader not to get caught up in the excitement

Giles Foden, Guardian

Impeccable, splendid, thoroughly researched and gripping. Beevor is master of narrative, expertly blending the grand sweep with the telling anecdote

Dominic Sandbrook, Observer

As powerful and authoritative an account of the battle for Normandy as we are likely to get in this generation

Max Hastings, Sunday Times

A brilliantly co-ordinated and almost overwhelmingly upsetting history. Beevor is singularly expert at homing in on those telltale human details that reveal just what it would have been like to be in Normandy in the summer of 1944

Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday

No writer can surpass Beevor in making sense of a crowded battlefield and in balancing the explanation of tactical manoeuvres with poignant flashes of human detail

Christopher Silvester, Daily Express

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