Decision in Normandy

Decision in Normandy

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Field Marshal Montgomery's battleplan for Normandy, following the D-Day landings on 6 June 1944, remains one of the most controversial campaigns of the Second World War. Carlo D'Este's book gives the fullest possible account of the conception and execution of Montgomery's plan, with all its problems and complexities. It brings to light information from diaries, papers and letters, that were not available in Montgomery's lifetime and draws on interviews with senior officers who were involved in the campaign and have refrained from speaking out until now. Taking the reader from Churchill's first thoughts of an Allied invasion to the key battles that determined its outcome, "Decision in Normandy" provides a true picture of the battle to liberate France.
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  • Paperback | 576 pages
  • 136 x 214 x 46mm | 621.42g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 12pp b&w maps
  • 0141390565
  • 9780141390567

About Carlo D'Este

Carlo D'Este was born in 1936 and served with distinction in the US Army from which he retired with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in 1978 to write this book.
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Table of contents

Part 1 The great endeavour: the origins of the second front; second front, North Africa; the birth of Operation Overlord; the Overlord commanders; a time for decision; the master plan. Part 2 Invasion: D-day - the invasion of France; D-day - the Orne bridgehead; the field of battle; Caen - the search for a strategy; Villers-Bocage; ends and means; the air chiefs; Epsom - the battle for the Odon; the manpower dilemma; the price of caution; Caen -too little, too late; D+30 - stalemate. Part 3 Breakout: planning the breakthrough; Operation Goodwood; into the cauldron; the furore over Goodwood; Cobra; turning the corner at Avranches; the great encirclement. Part 4 Aftermath: the Falaise controversy; the legacy of Normandy; the Normandy myth.
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