WWII: Western Front > Liberation of France

1944-06-06 -- 1945-05-08

Code named Operation Overlord, began with the invasion of Normandy on D-Day. Over the next 76 days of intense fighting, which included the devastating Battle of the Bulge, Allied forces forced the Germans to withdraw from France.


Featured Titles

    Normandy by Olivier Wieviorka

The Allied landings on the coast of Normandy on June 6, 1944, have assumed legendary status in the annals of World War II. But in overly romanticizing D-day, Olivier Wieviorka argues, we have lost sight of the full picture. Normandy offers a balanced, complete account that reveals the successes and weaknesses of the titanic enterprise.

Year: 2008
Genre: Liberation of France

    D-Day by Antony Beevor

Renowned historian Antony Beevor, author of Stalingrad and The Battle of Arnhem, and the man who single-handedly transformed the reputation of military history presents the first major account in more than twenty years of the Normandy invasion and the liberation of Paris.

Year: 2009
Genre: D-DayLiberation of FranceWWII: Europe

    No Less Than Victory by Jeff Shaara

A riveting account presented through the eyes of Eisenhower, Patton, and the soldiers who struggled face-to-face with their enemy, as well as from the vantage point of Germany's old soldier, Gerd von Rundstedt, and Hitler's golden boy, Albert Speer. Jeff Shaara carries the reader on a journey that defines the spirit of the soldier and the horror of a madman's dreams.

Year: 2009
Genre: Battle of the BulgeLiberation of FranceWorld War IIWWII: Europe

    Village of Secrets by Caroline Moorehead

Le Chambon-sur-Lignon is a small village of scattered houses high in the mountains of the Ard├Ęche, one of the most remote and inaccessible parts of Eastern France. During the Second World War, the inhabitants of this tiny mountain village and its parishes saved thousands wanted by the Gestapo: resisters, freemasons, communists, OSS and SOE agents, and Jews.

Year: 2014
Genre: Liberation of France

    The French Resistance by Olivier Wieviorka

"Whatever happens, the flame of French resistance must not and will not go out." As Charles de Gaulle ended his radio address to the French nation in June 1940, listeners must have felt a surge of patriotism tinged with uncertainty. Who would keep the flame burning through dark years of occupation? At what cost?

Year: 2016
Genre: Liberation of France

    Normandy '44 by James Holland

D-Day, June 6, 1944, and the seventy-six days of bitter fighting in Normandy that followed the Allied landing, have become the defining episode of World War II in the west--the object of books, films, television series, and documentaries. Yet as familiar as it is, as James Holland makes clear in his definitive history, many parts of the OVERLORD campaign, as it was known, are still shrouded in myth and assumed knowledge.

Year: 2019
Genre: D-DayLiberation of FranceWWII: Europe

    Sand and Steel by Peter Caddick-Adams

Sand and Steel gives us D-Day, arguably the greatest and most consequential military operation of modern times, beginning with the years of painstaking and costly preparation, through to the pitched battles fought along France's northern coast, from Omaha Beach to the Falaise and the push east to Strasbourg.

Year: 2019
Genre: D-DayLiberation of France




Want ItGot ItRead ItYearTitle

2008Normandy by Olivier Wieviorka Non-Fiction
The Landings to the Liberation of Paris
2009D-Day by Antony Beevor WWII: Europe, Non-Fiction
The Battle for Normandy
2009No Less Than Victory by Jeff Shaara World War II, WWII: Europe
2014Village of Secrets by Caroline Moorehead Non-Fiction
Defying the Nazis in Vichy France
2016The French Resistance by Olivier Wieviorka France, Non-Fiction
2019Normandy '44 by James Holland WWII: Europe, France, Non-Fiction
D-Day and the Epic 77-Day Battle for France
2019Sand and Steel by Peter Caddick-Adams Non-Fiction
The D-Day Invasion and the Liberation of France





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