D-Day: The Invasion of Normandy, June 6 1944


This "History at a Glance" volume presents a huge amount of information in a small space, including many facts and figures that will be new even to dedicated readers.
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This "History at a Glance" volume presents a huge amount of information in a small space, including many facts and figures that will be new even to dedicated readers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781882810468
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2000
  • Series: History at a Glance Series
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Randy Holderfield works in the legal field in the San Francisco Bay area, California. In addition to his lifelong study of WWII, he speaks regulary on the American Civil War, and is a longtime member of the South Bay Civil War Round table in San Jose, California. This is his first book. Michael J. Varhola earned a B.S. in journalism from the University of Maryland, and is a freelance editor and writer living in suburban Washington D.C. During Operation Desert Storn, he served with the 3rd Armored Division in Saudi Arabia and Iraq, and thereafter helped found and run Living History magazine. Michael is the author or editor of numerous articles and books, including Everyday Life During the Civil War.

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Table of Contents

Introduction I
1 Allied Leaders 1
2 German Leaders 17
3 Defending Fortress Europe 31
4 Weapons at D-Day 63
5 Armor at D-Day 89
6 Air and Airborne Operations 119
7 Naval Normandy 135
8 Battle on the Beaches 149
9 The Wounded, the Dying, and the Dead 199
Postscript 207
Recommended Reading 211
Index 213
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2001

    D-day, an event to remember, always.

    Reading this factfilled book has made me think back to all the brave young men who helped to start the liberation of Europe. Varhola's book has lots of new facts and figures that I did not read before in other D-day books in my collection. Thorough research and well written. This makes easy reading. Recommended!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2001

    Small in size, Large in content

    This book is a must reference source for anyone with an interest in the D-Day landing at Normandy. The authors have included all factors of the campaign to include U.S., allied and enemy forces' personnel, task organization, and equipment. Packed with well-researched facts, plus brief biographies of the battle's leaders, and personal recollections of several participants, Varhol and Holderfield have put it all together in a form suitable for ready reference or casual cover-to-cover reading. Small in size (219 pages), yet large in content, this book contributes to a better understanding of the single most important military action leading to the allied victory in Europe during World War II.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2001

    A Great Source Book On D-Day

    Randy Holderfield and Michael Varjola¿s book D-Day: The Invasion of Normandy is an interesting and useful account of the overall situation facing both sides on June 6, 1944. This most critical time in World War II is, of course, the subject of many books, but this one is special. The authors have taken the vast quantity of information available on the subject of D-Day and condensed it into a no-nonsense, bullet-point format. D-Day covers all aspects of the most important Allied operation of World War II in a format that is easy to follow and to use for reference if you want to research further on a particular subject. The book begins with an overview of the leaders, terrain, fortifications, and weapon systems for both Axis and Allied powers. The mission and intent of the amphibious, airborne, air corps and naval forces are covered in detail without being cumbersome. This is a useful reference and an enjoyable source of information for readers of all backgrounds, from novice to WWII aficionado. I found the analysis of the weapons used by each side to be particularly interesting. The authors detailed the weapons used by both the Wehrmacht and Allies from small arms to airplanes and ships. The book succinctly covers the important differences and how they impacted the battlefield. As a former infantryman and tactical leader, I was interested in knowing the commander¿s intent for the different elements involved in the battle. Such information is what helps the junior leaders react rapidly to actions as they occur on the battlefield. The commander¿s intent was key to the success and failure of the Germans and the Allies at Normandy. Holderfield and Varhola explain that Rommel believed that the schwerpunkt (decisive point) of the battle would be on the beaches. Rommel¿s intent, as ordered by Hitler was static and refused to allow for retrograde movement to organize effective resistance inland from the coastline. Overall, I think that Holderfield and Varhola have written an enjoyable and useful reference on D-Day. I have been an avid role-player and wargamer for over twenty years and this book has reinvigorated my interest in the invasion of Normandy. In fact, I plan on making another attempt at defeating my father at the board game, Operation Overlord. Perhaps armed with more information on the situation I can finally defeat him. Wish me luck!

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