The story of the Allied landings in Normandy, and the German defences there, is considerable and complex. The author has produced a nicely researched work with many very good illustrations through the body of the book – Recommended.
NAME: Hitler's D-Day Defences FILE: R2642 AUTHOR: Philip Kaplan PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword BINDING: hard back PAGES: 176 PRICE: £25.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: World War 2, World War Two, World War II, WWII, D-Day, Normandy Invasion, coastal defences, Atlantic Wall, amphibious landings, beach assault, frontal assault, German Army, Allied Forces ISBN: 1-52670-540-0 IMAGE: B2642.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/ybknecg7 LINKS: DESCRIPTION: The story of the Allied landings in Normandy, and the German defences there, is considerable and complex. The author has produced a nicely researched work with many very good illustrations through the body of the book – Recommended. So much has been written about Operation Overlord and the Atlantic Wall that some will question the need for a new book on the subjects. This new book demonstrates that there is always room for a new approach. Enthusiasts are likely to enjoy this book particularly for the illustrations, many in full colour, that combine recent images of what remains of Hitler's Defences with photographs from the period of the invasion. They will also find some new information and fresh insight. However, where this book should really come into its own is for those developing an interest for the subjects covered. The author has provided a comprehensive view of the defences from the perspective of the defences, rather than the majority of books on the subject that take a perspective from the troops and sailors engaging in the largest amphibious landing in history. This does produce some new insights and balances the available information. The high image count and the magazine style presentation combine to make this a very readable review of a great battle. It sits well in any established library on the subjects and neatly fills a void in previous publishing. D-Day is a collection of superlatives that make it difficult for the novice reader to gasp confidently and is a challenge even for some enthusiasts. The author has managed to cater for these readers without dumbing down the content. The selection of images is very good and includes some very rare photographs.