I have always known that the Invasion of Normandy was big – very big. I also know that the British, US and Canadians fought against the Germans. I know that Rommel had the task to prepare the defences on the beaches and when the invasion started there was really hard fights on the beaches on through the bocage. I knew that the english fought hard to take Caen and that the coalition launched a operation called Cobra.
But I didn’t know about almost any details, I wasn’t sure how long they fought, didn’t know how strong force the german had. I didn’t have a clear image of how the troop movement was or anything else… This has been a big problem for me. I have tried to read Osprey’s Normandy book and must say that didn’t give me very much information of that kind that I afterwards have the feeling of really understand the campaign.
I while ago, when I started my Normandy project, I found a book that should have some good maps in it, so I bought it without really knowing what I was buying. I started reading it as soon as I got it with the mail. I found out that this was what I have been looking for – a very well written and easy to understand description of the whole Normandy campaign.
For anyone that want to know more about the D-day (and lots of days before and after) this is the book you have been looking for.