Nor­mandy: The Land­ings to the Lib­er­a­tion of Paris

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Books -

Olivier Wiev­iorka Har­vard Uni­ver­sity Press, 464pp, $ 59.95 THE mem­ory of World War II is fast pass­ing from the land of the liv­ing into the realm of his­tory, which is chang­ing the way we un­der­stand the con­flict. French his­to­rian Olivier Wiev­iorka’s mea­sured study of the lib­er­a­tion of France, from D- Day to the cap­ture of Paris, demon­strates the good this change is do­ing. There is no bravado or blus­ter in this study, few tales of Al­lied gal­lantry and Ger­man per­fidy. Rather, there is an anal­y­sis of the ev­i­dence, of how the Nor­mandy land­ings were bril­liantly planned and bravely ex­e­cuted, of how the Ger­mans were out- gunned and out- thought but held on for months thanks to the qual­ity of their fight­ing sol­diers.

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