Normandy Crucible

The Decisive Battle that Shaped World War II in Europe

John Prados - Author

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ISBN 9780451236944 | 336 pages | 03 Jul 2012 | NAL | 8.26 x 5.23in | 18 - AND UP
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The Battle of Normandy was the greatest offensive campaign the world had ever seen. It was also the crucible of combat tactics and logistic techniques that would decide the outcome of World War II...
The Battle of Normandy began on D-Day. June 6, 1944—the day that the Allied forces launched the great crusade to free Europe from the iron grip of Nazi Germany. Tightly constricted hedgerow country and bitter German resistance held the Allied advance to a crawl—until they broke through and trapped the Nazi armies. Yet within weeks of this stunning disaster, the Germans smashed the most dangerous Allied offensive yet.
How was this possible? Noted author John Prados answers this vexing question with an account that reframes the Normandy breakout. Shifting between battle action and command decisions on both sides, Normandy Crucible lucidly illustrates how this campaign molded the climactic battle for Europe.

"A fresh point of view on the 1944 battle that emphasizes intelligence, logistics and the battle's unexpected strategic consequences....Prados has done his homework, writes fine battle descriptions and makes a convincing case that events during the summer of 1944 predicted the subsequent course of the war."

"As Prados boldly demonstrates, Normandy is not a tale of perfect triumph, of allied armies marching toward an inevitable victory. On the contrary: After a short period of uncertainty, the Germans struck back, hard and relentlessly. Prados reframes the Normandy Campaign and, in so doing tells us the story we do not know. His is the true job of a historian-a beautifully written synthesis of individual memory and strategic planning. For those who believe that we have learned all we need to know about Normandy, John Prados's book is a refreshing and dramatically told reminder that history can be created each and every day."
-Mark Perry, Author of Partners in Command: George Marshall and Dwight Eisenhower in War and Peace

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