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Coverage of the Normandy Invasion

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British and American historians have covered the Normandy invasion extensively, and one therefore wonders if there is any need for another treatment of the campaign. In Normandy: The Landings to the Liberation of Paris, Olivier Wieviorka demonstrates that there is indeed room for new interpretations of this much-covered subject. Wieviorka, a professor of history at the École Normale Supérieure de Cachan, covers every aspect of the Normandy invasion: politics and grand strategy, economic production, the formation and training of military forces, air and naval power, intelligence, logistics, deception, tactical operations, the French resistance, the impact of the war on soldiers and civilians, and other topics all come under his penetrating analysis. Well researched from both primary and secondary sources and exceptionally well written (and translated, one might add), Normandy belongs on the bookshelves of all serious historians of World War II. Aside from its appeal to the serious scholar of military history, Wieviorka’s readable prose makes Normandy just as suitable to the general reader interested in the history of Operation Overlord and the momentous events that transpired in Great Britain and France in the spring and summer of 1944. The author’s main purpose is to debunk the myths that have grown up around the Normandy invasion, primarily that it was a crusade against evil that was resolutely supported by politicians, generals, soldiers, and civilians alike. In this
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