With essays from leading names in military history, this new book re-examines the crucial issues and debates of the D-Day campaign.
It tackles a range of core topics, placing them in their current historiographical context, to present new and sometimes revisionist interpretations of key issues, such as the image of the Allied armies compared with the Germans, the role of air power, and the lessons learned by the military from their operations.
As the Second World War is increasingly becoming a field of revisionism, this book sits squarely within growing debates, shedding new light on topics and bringing current thinking from our leading military and strategic historians to a wider audience.
This book will be of great interest to students of the Second World War, and of military and strategic studies in general.
Table of Contents
1. The 21st Army Group in Normandy: Towards a New Balance Sheet 2. Controversy, Culture, Caen and Cherbourg: The First Week of the Battle 3. The 6th Airborne Division in Normandy 4. Operation Bluecoat - A Victory Ignored? 5. Timetable Acrobats, and the Dilemmas of Allied Operational Art: Operation Totalize, 8-11 August 1944 6. British Armoured Operations, June-August 1944 7. Ultra, Fortitude and Overlord: How Intelligence and Strategic Deception Shaped the Allied Invasion of France 8. Deception and the Planning of D-Day. Chapter 9. The 'Man Who Never Was' Part III: Air Power 10. Arthur Harris and Overlord 11. Arthur Tedder and the Transportation Plan 12. Caen: The Martyred City 13. The Luftwaffe's Campaign Against the Normandy Landings Part IV: The Experience of War Chapter 14. The British Soldier's Experience of Normandy 15. 'Good Hunting on the Mainland of Europe': Oral Memories of D-Day and Beyond 16. The Normandy Campaign in Newsreel and Documentary 17. American War Movies and the Perception of being at War - A Case Study of D-Day Films.