Sat 6 June 2009, The Independent

Antony Beevor: 'History has not emphasised enough the suffering of French civilians during the Second World War'

By Deborah Orr
Poor Doctor Stagg. How tightly the hand of history, for a short time, clasped his shoulder. In 1944, the Scot was Britain's leading civilian weather expert. Suddenly, he had been made a group captain in the RAF, so that he carried the necessary authority to dole out decisive advice on the timing of the invasion of Normandy.
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