Antony Beevor talks about D-Day: The Battle for Normandy.
From critically acclaimed world historian Beevor, comes the first major account in more than 20 years to cover the whole Normandy invasion, from June 6, 1944, right up to the liberation of Paris on August 25 of the same year. Includes photos and 17 insert maps.
Antony Beevor was educated at Winchester and Sandhurst, where he studied under John Keegan. A regular officer with the 11th Hussars, he left the Army to write. He has published four novels, and eight books of non-fiction. His work has appeared in twenty-nine foreign editions.
They include The Spanish Civil War; Inside the British Army; Crete - The Battle and the Resistance, which was awarded a Runciman Prize, and Paris After the Liberation, 1944-1949 (written with his wife Artemis Cooper). He has also contributed to several books including The British Army, Manpower and Society into the Twenty-First Century, edited by Hew Strachan and to Russia - War, Peace & Diplomacy in honour of the late John Erickson.
Stalingrad, first published in 1998, won the first Samuel Johnson Prize, the Wolfson Prize for History and the Hawthornden Prize for Literature in 1999. The British edition was a number one bestseller in both hardback and paperback. Berlin - The Downfall 1945, published in 2002, was accompanied by a BBC Timewatch programme on his research into the subject. It has been a No. 1 Bestseller in seven countries apart from Britain, and in the top five in another nine countries. The two books between them have already sold nearly three million copies.
In May 2004, he published The Mystery of Olga Chekhova, which describes the experiences of the Chekhov and Knipper families from before the Russian revolution until after the Second World War. His Russian research assistant, Dr Lyuba Vinogradova, and he have edited and translated the war time papers of the novelist Vasily Grossman, published in September 2005 as A Writer at War - Vasily Grossman with the Red Army 1941-1945.
He has also published a completely revised edition of his 1982 history of the Spanish Civil War, with a great deal of new material from Spanish sources and foreign archives. This came out in Spain in September 2005 as La guerra civil espanola where it became the No.1 Bestseller and received the La Vanguardia prize for non-fiction.
It appeared in English in spring, 2006, as The Battle for Spain - The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939. It had been a top ten bestseller in eight countries.
Allied invasion of northern Europe in World War II that began on June 6, 1944, with the largest amphibious landing in history in Normandy, France. Also called Operation Overlord, the landing transported 156,000 U.S., British, and Canadian troops across the English Channel in over 5,000 ships and 10,000 planes. Commanded by Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Allied forces landed at five beaches on the Normandy coast and soon established lodgement areas, despite stiff German resistance and heavy losses at the code-named Omaha Beach and Juno Beach. Allied air supremacy prevented rapid German reinforcements, and discord between Adolf Hitler and his generals stalled crucial counterattacks. Though delayed by heavy fighting near Cherbourg and around Caen, the Allied ground troops broke out of the beachheads in mid-July and began a rapid advance across northern France. The Normandy Campaign is traditionally considered to have concluded with the liberation of Paris on Aug. 25, 1944.
Nice video. The Battle Of Normandy was fought in the following phases, Operation overlord, The Invasion of Normandy or operation Neptune, Normandy Landings and Operation Cobre. The Military Intelligence was an important part of the Normandy invasion. It was the most intense fighting on the Western Front during World War II.
Excellent Talk by Antony Beevor, I found the details about the French civilian casualties very interesting. a little known fact that. Also the fact that the allies were were not warmly welcomed by the civilian's. another very common misconception debunked! Very good talk by Mr Beevor but as usual one can never hear the questions by the public at the end. But on the whole excellent talk, Well done !!