Drawing upon a new international archive of the Second World War, the support of veterans world-wide and from archives overseas, the author uses previously unpublished letters, diaries, photographs and reminiscences to tell the story of D-Day in a way which brings the reader closer to the actual experience. From an aerial, naval and land perspective, the events of D-Day are captured superbly in wartime contemporary and retrospective documentation.
Each of the beaches is fully represented. American, Canadian and British testimony is supported by new and compelling German material. By definition the RAF and Merchant Navy experience appear as do the contemporary and retrospective reactions of women 'in the know' and those who knew from 'unofficial sources' of the immediate imminence of the assault.
From planning and training, the reader will then share in each stage of the day from the experience of paratroops and glider-borne soldiers, to crossing the Channel by sea and then in the drama of the landings on each beach. The book is profusely illustrated with previously unpublished photographs and facsimile documentation and provides a treasure-trove of evidence on the 60th anniversary of 6 June 1944.
|Planning and Training||p. 14|
|Assembling, Concentration and Eve of the Operation||p. 42|
|The Airborne Assault||p. 55|
|Crossing The Channel, Minesweeping and Naval Bombardment||p. 82|
|Air Support||p. 204|
|Support, Supply, Medical Provision||p. 224|
|Women and D-Day||p. 237|
|At the End of the Day||p. 246|
|Recommended Reading||p. 254|
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Series: Pen and Sword Military Classics Ser.
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 16th January 2004
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 17.0 x 1.73
Weight (kg): 0.64