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D-Day to Berlin (Hardback)

Victory in Europe Day by Day

Arnhem More History Photo Books Battle of the Bulge

Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9781783462339
Published: 18th December 2013

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The campaign in northwest Europe from June 1944 to May 1945 involved some of the heaviest fighting of World War II and covered an enormous range of different forms of combat – from the landings on the D-Day beaches to the parachute drops at Arnhem, and from the close-quarters slogging match in the French bocage country to the armoured warfare of the “Battle of the Bulge”. It ended with the German Army in total defeat, pushed back across its frontiers by Anglo-American (and Canadian) forces that were masters of the art of modern warfare.

This great success was not without its difficulties, however. The Germans proved a formidable foe, and the Allied commanders fought bitter internal feuds in pursuit of their own views of how to achieve ultimate victory. There were many sub plots and side issues – such as the race to get to the “V” weapon sites before they could destroy London, or the way that the American army took the Remagen Bridge in the nick of time to cross the Rhine – and the whole story has rarely been told in such a concise and involving way, interweaving the day by day narrative with more detailed essays and contrasting viewpoints.

Here’s another great book especially for those interested in the battles in Normandy in 1944...

The book does a wonderful job in outlining the struggle both the allied and the Germans had right from the word GO on June 6th, 1944. There is a lot of background information provided, also on the German operations and decisions, and the many hundreds of photos are excellent!

The format of the book with separate pages with timelines and short day-by-day descriptions, longer more verbose descriptions of certain operations and boxes with short descriptions of specific weapons, activities or persons, is excellent. A documentary setup that doesn’t bore in any way!

Overall D-Day to Berlin is an excellent book filled with great photos and maps. It even pleased an old grumpy Normandy connoisseur like yours truly. Well worth your money.

FSAddon

Here's another great book especially for those interested in the battles in Normandy in 1944.
But let me start with some criticism first. From the title and subtitle of the book I was expecting a day by day account of the battle from the Normandy beach to the Berlin Reichstag. But truth is that more than half of the book concerns itself with the battles in Normandy, leaving 'only' some 80 pages for the 'rest'. Since there are thousands of books on D-Day and the ensuing battles, but many less on the ultimate battles and mop-up in Germany itself, I think this is a missed opportunity.

On the positive side, the book does a wonderful job in outlining the struggle both the allied and the Germans had right from the word GO on June 6th, 1944. There IS a lot of background information provided, also on the German operations and decisions, and the many hundreds of photos are excellent !

The format of the book with separate pages with timelines and short day-by-day descriptions, longer more verbose descriptions of certain operations and boxes with short descriptions of specific weapons, activities or persons, is excellent. A documentary setup that doesn't bore in any way !

Being of Dutch origin myself I was pleased with the rather extensive coverage of Operation Market Garden of course. A valiant effort by the poor British paratroopers at the time. I have often visited the airborne museum in Oosterbeek where their story is told and shown.

With books like these it is often difficult to please long-time specialist readers like me. Take the Battle of the Bulge. Another epic period with tons of documentation available! It is obviously only a small part in this overall book and might therefore disappoint. Not everything can be told in 12 pages. But there are some great photos and a good overall explanation, so especially if you have NOT studied this bit extensively there is some really good material.

And then the last part, January - May 1045, the thrust into Germany and the toppling of the Nazi regime.... 30 pages in all. Not too much, and certainly not covering the operations in as much detail as the ones in Normandy. But then again, things started to collapse exponentially after December 1944 and the action became more of racing through Germany villages and towns than battling for every yard of terrain as it had before. So I guess there was less to tell.....
Still, I will go looking for more books covering that period specifically.

Overall D-Day to Berlin is an excellent book filled with great photos and maps. It even pleased an old grumpy Normandy connoisseur like yours truly in spite of some criticism. Well worth your money.

Francois A. 'Naman' Dumas - World War 2 Herald

Francois Alexandre Dumas
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