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Essentially it’s an account of various battles and skirmishes across France, the lowlands and Germany. But the primary price in Normandy 60 years ago was of people. Want to Read saving….

18 Platoon by Sydney Jary

Preview — 18 Platoon by Sydney Jary. This is a fascinating description of war at the micro level. Nor were casualties in any way confined to military personnel. That is part of the value of the book – his stories of leadership both in terms of dealing with his men, but also with his superiors in defense of his men. So Normandy did not savour liberation so much as pay an almost unbearable price for it, one that left the region deeply traumatised for decades to come.

Happenstance and bizarre turns of the ridiculous, play far more significant roles in this narrative, than do the decisions of great generals pawing at maps of Europe.

Initially the foe was Nazism; its kindred creed, Communism, soon followed, to be confronted by economic might and military deterrence, until victory was won in Reading 18 Platoonit is hard to keep in mind that its narrator was only 20 years old when dropped into Normandy in M Begley rated it it was amazing Aug 16, Jonathan Roberts rated it really liked it Mar 08, Churchill himself had been responsible for two calamitous landings, at Gallipoli in and Narvik inthat had ended in evacuation and defeat.


There was none in the minds of those who planned the assault. Rommel assumed that the Allies would make their landings at high tide, to spare the advancing infantry prolonged exposure to defensive fire.

18 Platoon

Montgomery’s plan was to avoid these defences by landing at low tide, and to send armour forward to deal with the fortifications beyond, to be followed by the infantry. The architect of the D-Day landings was General Bernard Law Montgomery, a master of detail, and a syfney who engaged affection and fury in equal measure.

Just as the planners for the Somme in gravely under-estimated the defensive qualities of the German barbed-wire, the Allied planners in catastrophically failed to take into account the high Normandy hedgerows, the bocage.

Apr 18, Oliver rated it liked it Shelves: Peter Niven rated it really liked it Feb 21, Justin Smyth rated it it was amazing Sep 06, When his prose turns occasionally shdney, it is usually in service to nature moonlight on the water as 18 platoon crosses a bridge by night…and the rest of the narrative is recited in the straightforward language of a field report; elated victory, tragedy, and failure, all in similar, quiet, understated language.


I’m glad I read this which has been on my wishlist for a while but is quite hard to find.

Kyle Walsh rated it really liked it Dec 27, Alexander Giles rated it it was amazing Aug 18, Amphibious operations were rendered impossible.

Freedom had retreated to the Anglophone societies of Britain, its Empire and Commonwealth, and its former colony the United States.

The Longest Day was the first of a war that lasted for 45 years

Dec 04, Nadir rated it really liked it Shelves: Young men at war can be dangerous creatures, platooh matter how honourable their cause. Dr rated it it was amazing Feb 13, Yet only hindsight permits us to see the truth of that time. Open Preview See a Problem?

To ask other readers questions about 18 Platoonplease sign up. It is exactly Jary’s lack of drama and sentimentality that make you realise he was really there, that he does not wish to dwell on the horrors of war. Caught on barbed wire, the soldier lay disembowelled for all to see, his writhing body a smoking mass of burning phosphorus. What an interesting notion that is. A grievous Allied mistake was to focus too much on the landings, and not plan properly for what would follow.