D-Day Companion: Leading Historians Explore History's Greatest Amphibious Assault

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''Soldiers, sailors and airmen of the allied expeditionary force: You are about to embark upon the great crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hope and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere are with you ..." -General Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1944

Published to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the Normandy Landings, The D-Day Companion book brings together the perspectives and opinions of leading military historians from both sides of the Atlantic. ...

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Overview

''Soldiers, sailors and airmen of the allied expeditionary force: You are about to embark upon the great crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hope and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere are with you ..." -General Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1944

Published to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the Normandy Landings, The D-Day Companion book brings together the perspectives and opinions of leading military historians from both sides of the Atlantic. Operation Overlord saw the Allied Generals Eisenhower and Montgomery pit their wits against Hitler in a bold bid to liberate continental Europe. Featuring a foreword by Major Richard Winters, real-life commander of Easy Company as featured in Stephen E Ambrose's Band of Brothers, this is a unique and incisive examination of the momentous events that surrounded June 6, 1944. Each chapter of this book focuses on a different aspect of the D-Day landings, from the build-up to the attack to the experiences of the troops on the ground.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A stellar cast of historians ponders various aspects of 6/6/44 in this classic's new paperback reprint." -World War II Magazine (September 2009)

"I have to say that this is one of the best books on the subject I have ever read. I had no idea how fraught with disaster the entire undertaking really was. There were leaders who worked well with each other, those that did a lot of grandstanding, and those who didn't like what was being planned, but carried out orders any way. There was also the underlying need to have this work else there was fear that if it did not and they had to try again, the Russians would end up occupying all of Europe up to the Rhine. Particularly poignant was the last chapter on how these men have been remembered by both those that participated, those who were freed from the clutches of the Nazis and those who defended against the invasion... It all makes for an incredible read and one that every student of history should have on their shelves." -Scott Van Aken, Modeling Madness - www.modelingmadness.com (May 2009)

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To mark the beginning of the liberation of Western Europe from Nazi occupation, the publisher has put together a first-rate examination of this event. The D-Day Companion, officially endorsed by the National D-Day Museum, combines the talents of some of the biggest names in military history, including Allan Millett, Williamson Murray, and Carlo D'Este. The chapters are thematic, covering topics like the evolution of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF), German plans for defending the coast, and the paratrooper drops. Most of the coverage is at the strategic level, although some tactical coverage and personal accounts are included. This book will be a great resource for those looking for a "big picture" of D-day or whose only exposure has been through squad-level books like Alex Kershaw's The Bedford Boys or Stephen Ambrose's D-Day: June 6, 1944. Highly recommended for all public libraries. Brian K. DeLuca, Avon Lake P.L., OH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846034541
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/21/2009
  • Series: Companion Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,389,618
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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Dr Duncan Anderson, Ronald J Drez, Carlo D'Este, Dr Andrew Gordon, Dr Christina J. M. Goulter, Dr David I. Hall, Professor Russell Hart, Dr Stephen A Hart, Professor Allan R. Millett, Dr Williamson Murray, Professor Samuel J. Newland, Professor Dennis Showalter. Foreword by Major Richard Winters (Ret), Easy Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
List of Contributors
Chapter 1 Introduction: "The great crusade" 13
Chapter 2 "Remember this is an invasion" Planning and build-up 29
Chapter 3 "The great shadow-boxing match" Deception and intelligence 49
Chapter 4 "A very lofty perch" Allied high command 67
Chapter 5 "Throw them back" German planning and command 89
Chapter 6 "In the air, on the ground, and in the factories" Air power 111
Chapter 7 "The greatest military armada ever launched" Operation NEPTUNE 127
Chapter 8 "A visitor to hell" On the beaches 145
Chapter 9 "Blood upon the risers" Airborne 163
Chapter 10 "Their road will be long and hard" The push inland 195
Chapter 11 "With unbelieving eyes" The German experience 223
Chapter 12 "Much the greatest thing we have ever attempted" OVERLORD and beyond 241
Chapter 13 "The eyes of the world" Commemoration and memorial 257
Endnotes
Bibliography
Index
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