Dawn of D-Day: These Men Were There, June 6, 1944

Overview


June 6, 1944, is one of the most famous dates in world history, and, as David Howarth shows, a defining date in countless personal histories. In this intimate chronicle, the 7,000 vessels, 12,000 aircraft, and 750,000 men committed on D-Day are taken for granted. Instead, we see D-Day through the eyes of the men on the ground as Howarth weaves together the larger story of the beginning of the battle of Normandy with the stories of the beachhead itself. The scope of Howarth's vision—focusing on England and ...
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Overview


June 6, 1944, is one of the most famous dates in world history, and, as David Howarth shows, a defining date in countless personal histories. In this intimate chronicle, the 7,000 vessels, 12,000 aircraft, and 750,000 men committed on D-Day are taken for granted. Instead, we see D-Day through the eyes of the men on the ground as Howarth weaves together the larger story of the beginning of the battle of Normandy with the stories of the beachhead itself. The scope of Howarth's vision—focusing on England and France, on sky, beach, and hedgerow, on divisions and squads—makes Dawn of D-Day a franker portrayal than any other of the turning-point of the war on the Western Front and the greatest amphibious operation in history.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781602392038
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/1/2008
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 708,573
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

David Howarth was a military historian and a war correspondent for the BBC in World War II. He earned acclaim for such books as We Die Alone and The Voyage of the Armada.
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Table of Contents


Introduction     6
Foreword     11
England     13
The British Air Drop     39
The American Air Drop     69
Utah Beach     107
Omaha Beach     132
The British Beaches: Gold-Juno-Sword     167
The Announcement     248
Illustrations
Appearing between pages 96 and 97
Briefing in England
The invasion fleet
Eisenhower seeing off American Paratroopers
A paratrooper in full equipment
Major John Howard
First British objective: the Caen canal bridge
'A lethal game of hide and seek'
Utah beach
Colonel Wilson R. Wood
A Marauder over Utah
Landing craft make for Omaha beach
Beach obstacles on Omaha offer shelter
Dawn: a fire-swept beach ahead
Omaha: 'the whitest heat of war'
A footing on Omaha
Commandos land on Juno beach
A British beach during the landing
Canadians land at Bernieres
First-aid behind a tank
Canadian troops and French civilians
The assault over, the build up begins
Maps
The invasion beaches and dropping zones     8
The British Air Drop     40
The American Air Drop     81
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