Out of the grey haze of early morning they came - a vast invasion armada churning its way shoreward. Along nearly 50 miles of the French coast, American, British and Canadian forces converged on the beaches of Normandy. Within minutes, thousands of soldiers were streaming ashore and fighting their way through the landmines, concrete pillboxes and ...
Out of the grey haze of early morning they came - a vast invasion armada churning its way shoreward. Along nearly 50 miles of the French coast, American, British and Canadian forces converged on the beaches of Normandy. Within minutes, thousands of soldiers were streaming ashore and fighting their way through the landmines, concrete pillboxes and steel obstacles of Hitler's "Atlantic Wall". The day was June 6, 1944. By evening, the impregnable defences of the Third Reich had crumbled, and the liberation of Europe - dreamed of for so long - was at last underway. This book recreates for a new generation every key moment of that historic day. Beginning with the first tentative plans to free Europe from Hitler's tyranny, author Dan van der Vat traces the story of "Operation Overlord" through to the actual invasion and beyond - covering all the perspectives of this great attack and offering a new account of that unforgettable "longest day".
Publishers Weekly, 2003-08-18 This fluently written and lavishly illustrated volume on the Normandy invasion and campaign covers ground that will be familiar to many readers, but offers many details (such as the different weather requirements of different services) that some longer books slide over. It also shifts with ease from grand strategy to tactics, from individual memoirs (frequently accompanied by photographs of the narrators, looking incredibly young in June 1944) to logistics (including such aspects of that essential subject as the Mulberry artificial harbors). The author keeps his promise to tell a "warts and all" story of the campaign and also exhibits admirable balance among the Allies' contribution (the Canadians are honored ) and on such controversial questions as Field Marshal Montgomery's strategy and tactics. All this is done in few enough words to leave room for an exceptional array of graphic material, including highly readable maps, classic war paintings and abundant photographs, few of them overused. As an introduction by John S.D. Eisenhower puts it, the book "recognizes that the everyday solider really occupies center stage." (Nov. 15) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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