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D-Day: 24 Hours That Saved the World

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On June 6, 2004, people the world over - especially Americans - will pause to remember the 60th anniversary of the Normandy invasion that forever changed history. D-Day: 24 Hours that Saved the World honors the 130,000 heroic American and Allied troops who risked their lives to liberate Europe and end the Nazi occupation. Here are fascinating portraits of the men who designed the invasion - and the men who fought it: Eisenhower and Churchill, Montgomery and Rommel. Here are the landing crafts, the medics, the ...
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Overview

On June 6, 2004, people the world over - especially Americans - will pause to remember the 60th anniversary of the Normandy invasion that forever changed history. D-Day: 24 Hours that Saved the World honors the 130,000 heroic American and Allied troops who risked their lives to liberate Europe and end the Nazi occupation. Here are fascinating portraits of the men who designed the invasion - and the men who fought it: Eisenhower and Churchill, Montgomery and Rommel. Here are the landing crafts, the medics, the radio operators, the nurses. Here are the memorable photographs, historic reunions, majestic cemeteries, the unforgettable memories of June 6, 1944. Here is D-Day: 24 Hours that Saved the World.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780594296164
  • Publisher: Time Home Entertainment, Inc
  • Publication date: 4/7/2004
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Imagine if: Considering the unthinkable: if Operation Overlord had failed VI
Fortress Europe: The Allies' challenge: pry Adolf Hitler's grip from the Continent 2
Marching Orders: Operation Overlord is a complex blueprint for invasion 10
Ike's Invasion: The real Dwight Eisenhower was more than a big wide grin 14
The Buildup: Troops, tanks and tension: the Allies count down to D-day 16
0000-0100: The Paratroopers: Overlord is off the ground, as Allied paratroopers land in France 22
0100-0200: The Gliders: Courageous infantrymen soar into Normandy in "flying coffins" 28
0200-0300: The Germans: The Germans brace for the invasion--but Hitler holds the reins 32
0300-0400: Night Raids: From mighty bombers to Piper Cubs, a look at Allied airplanes 36
0400-0500: The Armada: The greatest fleet ever assembled sets off to cross the Channel 40
0500-0600: Crossing the Channel: Aboard the landing boats, a time for prayers--and poker 44
0600-0700: Omaha Beach: Heroes face horror in a grim day's most deadly landing 50
0700-0800: Pointe du Hoc: Army Rangers swarm up daunting cliffs to take a key position 58
0800-0900: Sword/Gold Beaches: British troops capture beaches, towns and bridges with flair 62
0900-1000: Utah Beach: The landing is off-target, but a heads-up decision wins the day 68
1000-1100: Juno Beach: Canadians weather a deadly start and earn revenge for Dieppe 72
1100-1200: The Medics: Warriors of healing, they are the day's greatest heroes 76
1200-1300: The Engineers: D-day succeeds thanks to ingenuity as well as the infantry 82
1300-1400: The Machines: "Hobart's Funnies" and other armaments flail the Germans 86
1400-1500: The Chaplains: At the front lines, D-day's padres bestow grace under pressure 90
1500-1600: The Airmen: Roaring across the Channel, Allied bombers strike the Germans 94
1600-1700: The Quartermasters: An army travels on its stomach--and a few million other things 100
1700-1800: The French: Resistance fighters pitch in to help the Allies subvert the Germans 104
1800-1900: The Fallen: A salute to those who gave the last full measure of devotion 108
1900-2000: The Enigma Machine: Inside the Germans' secret code--and how the Allies broke it 112
2000-2100: The Leaders: Outplanned and outfoxed, Adolf Hitler takes too long to respond 116
2100-2200: The Journalists: From Ernie Pyle to Robert Capa, how they got the story 120
2200-2300: The Reaction: The world holds its breath as the long-awaited landings proceed 126
2300-2400: Digging In: With a beachhead established, the Allies gear up for Round 2 130
Next Stop: Paris: The Allies (finally) break out of Normandy to rout the Germans 134
Merci! Merci! Jeeps are chariots as Paris hails its liberators in a victory parade 144
Looking Back: A bittersweet return to sands consecrated by soldiers' blood 148
Index 152
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