I never knew much about the operation in North Africa so I was completely new on the subject. This book absolutely blew me away. It's a mixture of facts of personal stories / quotes of the men who were there.
The were numerous times I had to switch back to relisten a part because it's very easy to get lost in this book. The number of facts and places are staggering combining with the fact I've never heard of most of the areas / cities mentioned, make it an intensive journey.
I feel enriched with all the knowledge gained from this book and I'm eager to start with part 2 and 3.
The third part of this series plays out in the Ardennes, the battle of the bulge and afterwards. While this story starts out great, it ends a little disappointing.
The first part of the book consist around Private Benson of the 106th Infantry Regiment. The story is told in such a way that you really experience the struggle Benson encountered in these extreme situations.
The second part shift over to the germans (for the most part) and lets you experience their experiences in losing the war, The Allies experiences are told about the dicovery of the concentration camps.
All in all, a very good book but I deducted a star because I believe the second part focusses too much on the german commanders and not on the men in the field.
Like the first part of this series, this book tells a historical story from a personal perspective.
This book tells the story of D-Day from the eyes of mainly American Forces.
The big difference with part 1 is this story is more from the men on the ground and less from a commanders perspective.
I really enjoy these personal stories. You really feel the emotions and experiences of the men.
I'm totally hooked to this series.
VERY highly recommended.
I absolutely love this title since it takes you in the middle of people who experienced it. This is not a fact by fact lineup of events.
You experience the characters, from Eisenhower and Rommel to the regular soldiers and everything in between.
The absurdity of Hitlers command structure, the endless struggle between the British and Americans and their attemps to work together.
While this is fictional story (since it contains dialogs) it's based on facts and historical facts which I think makes this a unique piece of work.
Highly recommanded !!!!!
An unbelievably detailed overview of events of the 6th of June 1944. What I find the best thing about this book are the personal stories of the men who were there. Having visited Normandy several times, I really visualize the events by remembering the landing sites I have visited. This book really helped me provide a lot of insight about D-Day.
There are also some things which I find a little disturbing:
- About half the book is about Omaha Beach which I think is way too long.
- The British and Canadian landings do not get the credit they deserve. Only 3 chapters cover these 3 landing beaches.
- The book primarily focusses on the American efforts. Stephen does mention the other Allied forces but the book gives the idea that D-Day was primarily an American effort which is not the case at all.
Still, I plan on reading / listening this book a second time. The amount of information is staggering, too much to remember in one go, al least for me :)
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