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Max Hastings' classic account of the famous D-Day landings.

Table of Contents

    • Section - i: List of Maps
    • Section - ii: List of Illustrations
    • Section - iii: Foreward
    • Section - iv: Prologue
  • Chapter - 1: 'Much the greatest thing we have ever attempted'
  • Chapter - 2: Preperations: Commanders; Airmen; Invaders; Defenders
  • Chapter - 3: To the Far Shore: The overture; The American beaches; The British beaches; Inland
  • Chapter - 4: The British Before Caen: Closing the lines; Villers-Bocage; EPSOM
  • Chapter - 5: The Americans Before Chebourg: The bocage; The battle for Chebourg
  • Chapter - 6: The German Army: Stemming the Tide: Soldiers; Weapons
  • Chapter - 7: The Battlefield: From the beachhead to the front; Casualties
  • Chapter - 8: Crisis of Confidence: The fall of Caen; GOODWOOD
  • Chapter - 9: The Breakout: COBRA; The limits of air power
  • Chapter - 10: The Open Flank
  • Chapter - 11: The Road to Falaise
  • Chapter - 12: The Gap
    • Section - v: Appendix A: Chronology of the Normandy Campaign
    • Section - vi: Appendix B: Allied Order of Battle
    • Section - vii: Appendix C: Forces available in ETO for Operation OVERLORD, D-Day, 6 June 1944
    • Section - viii: Appendix D: German land forces encountered by the Allies in Normandy
    • Section - ix: Appendix E: Some British administrative statistics
    • Section - x: Bibliography and a note on sources
    • Section - xi: Notes and references
    • Section - xii: Glossary
    • Acknowledgements - xiii: Acknowledgements
    • Index - xiv: Index

About the Author

Max Hastings, author of over twenty books, was born in 1945. He was a scholar at Charterhouse and University College, Oxford, before working as foreign correspondent for newspapers and BBC television, reporting from over fifty countries. He was editor of the Daily Telegraph for almost a decade, and then for six years edited the Evening Standard. He has won many awards for his journalism, particularly for his dispatches from the South Atlantic in 1982. He was knighted in 2002.


A masterly book, rich in insight, shrewd and weighty in judgement...Max Hastings stands in the first rank of writers on modern war. * Financial Times *
Max Hastings's reportage of the battle is not unworthy to stand with that of the best journalists and writers who witnessed it . . . A tribute to his skills as a historian. -- John Keegan * New York Times Book Review *
A fine account of the strategy and tactics of the campaign. The author has been shot at himself . . . This has done marvels for quickening his understanding of what such landings are like, and adds an extra cutting edge to his book. He goes over a well-worn path, full of pitfalls, and falls into none of them. * Economist *

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