On Friday 17 February Antony Beevor was knighted at Buckingham Palace.
On Sunday 19 February He was on Desert Island Discs with Kirsty Young
Photo Paul Crowther
‘Beevor’s obsession with the singular moment and the unpredictable which reaches beyond itself, and thus recounts the whole, is his trademark. He gives full expression to both regarding the unrelenting conflict in the snow-covered forests and ravines of the Ardennes. Here he ranks in the tradition of Edward Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, a matrix for that distinct form of Anglo-Saxon literary history which is so engaging on account of its attention to the seemingly insignificant. Beevor’s art consists of just this: to be a writer of history without losing the freedoms of telling a story.’ Norman Ohler in Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagzeitung
‘Antony Beevor, one of the finest narrative military historians now writing, is a master of revealing vignettes. . . Beevor captures the micro-events of battle brilliantly, the ambushes and firefights, the horrors of tanks swerving over foxholes to bury their inhabitants alive, tales of psychological collapse and superhuman courage. . . What makes Ardennes 1944 so effective, however, is not just the vividness of the prose, the clarity of the author’s presentation of tactical events, or his skill at evoking through description and careful quotation the look and even the smell of the battlefield, Beevor also does a brilliant job at weaving together the grand operational and tactical narratives.’ Eliot A. Cohen in The New York
‘Der britische Militärhistoriker Antony Beevor hat daraus ein Buch von hoher angelsächsischer Erzählkunst gemacht: scharf in der Analyse, lebendig und anschaulich geschrieben, verbindet er in gewohnter Meisterschaft die Linien der Erzählung mit der Perspektive jener, welche die Schlacht in den verschneiten Schluchten, Wäldern und Dörfern erlebten und erlitten.’ Süddeutsche Zeitung
Ardennes 1944 – The Battle of the Bulge
From the bestselling author of Stalingrad, Berlin and D-Day, Antony Beevor tells the story of Hitler’s ill-fated final offensive.
On 16 December, 1944, Hitler launched his ‘last gamble’ in the snow-covered forests and gorges of the Ardennes. He believed he could split the Allies by driving all the way to Antwerp, then force the Canadians and the British out of the war. Although his generals were doubtful of success, younger officers and NCOs were desperate to believe that their homes and families could be saved from the vengeful Red Army approaching from the east. Many were exultant at the prospect of striking back.