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|3||Defending Fortress Europe||31|
|4||Weapons at D-Day||63|
|5||Armor at D-Day||89|
|6||Air and Airborne Operations||119|
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Posted July 13, 2001
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!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 27, 2001
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 2, 2001
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.