"The battle of Falaise," wrote General Eisenhower in 1944, "will be the greatest killing-ground of the war." He was not far off the mark, for at Falaise the invasion ended and a new advance began that carried the Allied armies to Berlin.
Elleston Trevor depicts the men of a tank squadron as they cross the silent, darkened channel, storm the "invincible" coast, and sweep into Falaise. His book is a classic story of men at war.
Elleston Trevor is a British writer who is more famous for his 1964 book "The Flight Of The Phoenix" which was also made into a movie. "The Killing Ground" was written in 1956 and is about a British Tank squadron. The story starts on the landing craft waiting to land on Juno Beach on D-Day. It covers the gritty D-Day British Tank Division action on Juno Beach and then the battles on their way to the biggest battle at Falaise. General Eisenhower said the battle of Falaise was one of greatest killing grounds of the war. The British, Canadian and Polish armies faced four German armies at Falaise. If the Germans lost the battle they would lose France, and they did. Trevor's dialogue is sharply revealing of character and the speech pattern and slang is valid for the time frame. His technical detail is accurate and unobtrusive. This is a great WWII historical novel written by a Brit about a British Tank squadron. It was great to learn more about what went on D-Day other than of the U.S. landings. If you like history or military history you will enjoy this book. Joe Geoffrey did a good job with narration and the slight British accent.
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Would you consider the audio edition of The Killing Ground to be better than the print version?
I think that they each have their strengths.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Killing Ground?
Memorable moments abound within the book. There are a number of vignettes that are very compelling.
Have you listened to any of Joe Geoffrey’s other performances? How does this one compare?
I have not heard any other of Mr Geoffrey's performances.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes it is.
Any additional comments?
I'm not exactly sure why I enjoy this book so much. I had owned a paperback version since I was a teenager and come back to it every few years. I no longer have the physical copy so I decided to try that audio version and was not disappointed. Mr Geoffrey lends a warm, compassionate performance to a book that is very poignant at times. One criticism might be his German pronunciation however the passages in French were quite good.