Tuesday, 23 July 2013

WWII history which you may not know

More French civilians were killed the military actions of the Western Allies as they began the defeat of Nazi Germany, than British civilians who were killed by the Luftwaffe bombings of Great Britain.

“Altogether 19,890 civilians were killed during the liberation of Normandy and an even larger number seriously injured. This was on top of the 15,000 French killed and 19,000 injured during the preparatory bombing for Overlord in the first five months of 1944. It is a sobering thought that 70,000 French civilians were killed by Allied action during the course of the war, a figure which exceeds the total number of British killed by German bombing.”

Source: British historian Antony Beevor

BornAntony James Beevor
14 December 1946 (age 66)
OccupationAuthor, historian
Alma materWinchester College
Royal Military Academy Sandhurst

See also http://fora.tv/2009/10/20/Antony_Beevor_Reads_D-Day_The_Battle_for_Normandy

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