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Visiting the Normandy Invasion Beaches and Battlefields (ePub)

A Helpful Guide Book for Groups and Individuals

WWII D-Day & Normandy Battlefield Guidebooks Battlefield Guides Normandy Military

By Gareth Hughes
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
File Size: 78.8 MB (.epub)
Pages: 174
ISBN: 9781473854338
eBook Released: 21st June 2019


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This splendid and timely book will be invaluable to those visiting the battlefields, sites, museums, memorials and cemeteries of the D-Day Normandy landings. It is intended for those planning and leading school groups and similar parties but is also ideal for individual/family visitors.

Rather than list every site etc it provides realistic itineraries to the best places in the Normandy area. Even these are flexible to allow party leaders suitable discretion.

The author provides helpful information for each site such as its context in the War, visitor orientation, the ‘narrative’ (the essential facts to engage, inform and entertain), suggested activity and relevant photos and maps.

This combines to make every visit of maximum benefit and interest and yet reduce the workload of the party leaders.

There are also valuable tips for lunch breaks, free time ideas and other helpful pointers.

The publisher has produced an excellent catalogue of battlefield guides, of which this new book is a worthy companion. The author is an educationalist, rather than a former soldier and has produced a guide which is particularly suitable for teachers taking school parties to the battlefields of Normandy, but equally suitable for individuals making the journey – Highly Recommended

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A handy and accessible battlefield companion with much useful information helping you make the most out of your tour & understand what D-Day was about.

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Paul Reed via Twitter

This soft back book published by Pen and Sword Military is written by Gareth Hughes, who is the head of middle school and head of history and politics at Pocklington School near York. The book contains 174 pages of good quality paper with many black and white photographs and maps scattered throughout. Priced at £12.99, this book is aimed mainly at teachers who may want to organise a trip for their students, but can also be used by those who may not have visited before and who are not sure what to visit. The focus of this publication is the five landing beaches of the landings, Utah, Omaha, Juno, Gold and Sword.

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Well timed for this year of the 75th anniversary of D-Day, this neat little paperback provides a good guide for the Normandy Invasion Beaches... Useful for both groups and individuals to plan a trip to Normandy, and handy enough in size to carry with you.

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Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland

Visiting the Normandy Invasion Beaches and Battlefields: A Helpful Guide Book for Groups and Individuals delivers. The itineraries are thorough, but not overwhelming. The guide is beautifully illustrated with black and white photographs on almost every page, detailed endnotes after each itinerary, and eight military maps that highlight particular actions. The maps are located with the appropriate text rather than grouped together in a separate section of the book. This cuts down on unnecessary page turning. I highly recommend it to knowledgeable battlefield explorers and general tourists. It has something for everyone.

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I would like to say that I like this book because I know very well how much work goes into its production. However I was a little underwhelmed and felt it did not advance on the long established Holt’s Guide on Normandy. In places the history was lazy with little effort to really debate the changing opinions that have emerged with the recent release of US Government files. It rather felt as if it was the agglomeration of years of battlefield guiding, offering the same stands to an undemanding audience. In 2019 the story of Normandy is now much more than visiting the same old places and repeating the same old shibboleths.

Michael McCarthy. Battlefield Guide

Michael McCarthy
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About Gareth Hughes

Gareth Hughes is Head of History at Pocklington School near York. He has led many parties to the Western Front as well as to the battlefields of North America, Russia, Normandy etc. He has identified a real need for a guide book for party leaders.

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