Book review: British and Canadian Soldiers in Normandy

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08 August 2019
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This is essentially the story that we told in last month’s Armourer, via the medium of uniforms, equipment and vehicles. It starts with a quick look at the BEF at the start of the war, but then jumps ahead to D-Day and airborne troops

Author: Tanguy Le Sant 

Reviewed by: Duncan Evans

 

This is essentially the story that we told in last month’s Armourer, via the medium of uniforms, equipment and vehicles. It starts with a quick look at the BEF at the start of the war, but then jumps ahead to D-Day and airborne troops. While there are some black and white contemporary photos, most of the photography, in what is a short, but glossy book, is in colour. There then follows the story of the Normandy campaign, from the British and Canadian perspective. This is pretty sparse and the text isn’t that well written or translated – the publisher is French and it reads awkwardly in places. However, the interesting thing is that they use re-enactment photos and mannequins throughout, the latter wearing the uniform and equipment for the campaign. There’s even sections on vehicles, including American ones that were simply rebadged for British use.

 

• Memorabilia Publishing

 

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• ISBN 978-2-3778-3001-5

 

 

As reviewed in The Armourer August 2019

 

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