Book Review: Normandy to Victory

Normandy to Victory : The War Diary of General Courtney H. Hodges and the First U.S. Army, by Major William C. Sylvan and Captain Francis G. Smith Jr. (edited by John Greenwood), is an important book on U.S. Army operations in the European Theater during World War II.  Its greatest contribution is as resource for understanding many of the important operations of the war from the perspective of General Hodges and his headquarters.  It is also valuable as a firsthand account of leading soldiers in battle at the field army level.  This book is not for the uninitiated.  Truly appreciating the detail, nuance, and its value as a primary source, requires grounding in the history of the U.S. Army in Europe during World War II.   That said, for those with a serious interest in World War II history Normandy to Victory is a “must have” book.

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