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★★★★☆

“I half expected Stephen E. Ambrose's version of the...”

Written on: 09/01/2004 by AWG (48 reviews written)

Good Points
Incredibly researched publication.

Bad Points
Some opinions expressed.

General Comments
I half expected Stephen E. Ambrose's version of the story of D-Day to be full of American jingoism. True, large sections are devoted to the USA build-up in the UK, and the Omaha and Utah landings. There are endless recollections from veterans who came "over here". I personally read with great affection and respect these accounts from USA service personnel.



But Ambrose's chapters PAYBACK about the Canadian offensive, and FAIRLY STUFFED WITH GADGETS - AN UNFORGETTABLE SIGHT - MY GOD, WE'VE DONE IT - etc., about the British offensive are also equally if not numerically riveting.



I personally find the author's back to back comparisons between Rommel and Eisenhower a bit of a lame duck, and I find the author's assessments of Bernard Law Montgomery both disagreeable re. El Alamein, and (regarding the stalling of the British Forces around Caen), highly offensive.



All in all a very good read, but not the definitive D-Day publication.