Allies bombing on D-Day 'close to war crime', claims historian

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The Allied bombing of the French city of Caen on D-Day was "close to a war crime", according to leading historian Antony Beevor.

Ahead of the 65th anniversary of the invasion of France in the Second World War next month, Professor Beevor claimed that an assumption the city had been evacuated had been "wishful thinking on the part of the British".

He said numerous mistakes were made by the Allies in the immediate aftermath of the invasion, and also praised the Germans for the "quite simply brilliant" defence of Normandy given their limited resources.

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