D-Day: The Battle for Normandy by Antony Beevor

D-Day: The Battle for Normandy  by Antony Beevor

As I finished this long book, I became slightly sentimental about the people and the story that I was leaving. Even though this is a non-fiction book, I really liked the way that Antony Beevor was able to make every battle and operation personal. It was not merely a statement of facts, but through bringing quotes from the journals and diaries of the men fighting, it became a personal battle that the reader was getting a glimpse into. The person insights that Beevor went out of his way to provide also gave the reader a better understanding of the emotional consequences of the battles. I cannot recite tons of facts that I have learned as a result of this book, but my broader understanding of the battles, operations and timelines of D-Day have been greatly enhanced. So many of the tiny details have stuck with me whether it is the way the Paratroopers got stuck in the mud or the head shaving of the French women. I can also say that I have learned a lot about the individual generals who were involved, not only those on the Allied side, but also those in OKW. The fact that it took me a year to complete it is not because it is boring or difficult to read, it is merely because I would stop and start it depending on my school’s workload at the time. Despite stopping and starting it throughout the year, it was never difficult to jump right back in.

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