Normandy Crucible by John Prados
The Decisive Battle that Shaped World War II in Europe

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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.
 

About John Prados

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John Prados is a senior research fellow at the National Security Archive. He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from Columbia University.
 
Published July 5, 2011 by NAL. 353 pages
Genres: History, War. Non-fiction

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While researching Combined Fleet Decoded: The Secret History of American Intelligence and the Japanese Navy in World War II (1995), prolific military historian Prados (How the Cold War Ended, 2010, etc.) noticed that histories of the Normandy campaign paid scant attention to ULTRA code-breaking (...

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Think only of John Keegan's "Six Armies in Normandy" (1982), Antony Beevor's "D-Day" (2009), Max Hastings's "Overlord" (1984), Carlo D'Este's "Decision in Normandy" (1983), Stephen Ambrose's "D-Day" (1994) and "Band of Brothers" (1992) and, lest we forget, Cornelius Ryan's "The Longest Day" (1959).

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Our wars were always cumulative, never "decisive," which is why the continuing devotion of Mr. Prados and other military historians to the "decisive battle" is so puzzling.

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But the greatest of clashes would prove to be the crucible in which the outcome of World War II would be decided.

Author John Prados tells the story of how and why the tactics and battle plans of Normandy proved so formative, and reconstructs the climactic Allied Normandy breakout from bo...

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Few readers yearn for yet another account of the 1944 campaign, but this stimulating work pays more attention to Ultra intercepts (more than did Allied commanders at the time) and considers how the Wehrmacht was able to perform as well as it did.

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