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Six Armies In Normandy


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'An unsurpassed account of the Allied invasion of France from D-Day to the liberation of Paris. As a military historian John Keegan has the qualities of the best commanders, broad strategic grasp combined with insight into the human fibre of the battlefield, and an eye to what the lessons portend.' Observer

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John Keegan is the Defence Editor of the Daily Telegraph and Britain's foremost military historian. The Reith Lecturer in 1998, he is the author of many bestselling books including The Face of Battle, Six Armies in Normandy, Battle at Sea, The Second World War, A History of Warfare (awarded the Duff Cooper Prize), Warpaths, The Battle for History, The First World War, and most recently, Intelligence in War. For many years John Keegan was the Senior Lecturer in Military History at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, and he has been a Fellow of Princeton University and Delmas Distinguished Professor of History at Vassar. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He received the OBE in the Gulf War honours list, and was knighted in the Millennium honours list in 1999. John Keegan died in August 2012.


Military historian, lecturer, and journalist Keegan (A History of Warfare, Audio Reviews, LJ 9/1/94) has been hailed by various critics as the foremost military historian alive. In this book, published to coincide with the 39th anniversary of the D-Day assault, he describes his own childhood when, his family having withdrawn from London to Taunton, Somerset, during World War II, he witnessed preparations for D-Day, especially by American troops stationed nearby. The book proceeds into dozens of anecdotes, each caught by one of six threads, elements of the American, Canadian, English, German, Polish, and French armies, as D-Day is prepared for, executed, and its results pursued. Much of Keegan's information comes from the common soldier, but there is also material on some of the great commanders of the day: Montgomery, Rommel, Patton, and Eisenhower. Details of the attempted assassination of Hitler and how it ultimately affected the German response to D-Day are highlighted. Narrator Robert Sevra has a pleasant newscaster's voice. This high-quality production is an appropriate acquisition for academic and larger public libraries.‘Don Wismer, Trustee, Cary Memorial Lib., Wayne, Me.

"As well as being a rare military historian who can also write gracefully, John Keegan has a distinguished capacity for peering behind the conventional view of events." -- Alistair Horne * Sunday Times *

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