Soldiers head for the beaches of Normandy aboard landing craft during the Allied invasion of Europe, D-Day, June 6, 1944.
This year’s 65th anniversary commemoration of D-Day has been taken over by the revisionists, who are breaking down some of the heroic folklore surrounding the Normandy landings. According to historian Christophe Prime, “The suffering of civilians was for many years masked by the overriding image—that of the French welcoming the liberators with open arms.”
A revisionist theme seems to have settled on this year’s 65th anniversary commemoration of the Normandy landings.
The tone was set in Antony’s Beevor’s new book, D-Day, which tries to debunk certain received ideas about the Allied campaign.
Far from being an unmitigated success, Mr Beevor found, the landings came very close to going horribly wrong.