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Francis Crosby works for a national museum in Britain and has had access to enormous wartime archives. He has written extensively on historic aviation and has had five books published on the subject as well as acting as a consultant for the media and publishing industry
Posted May 3, 2008
D-Day by Francis Crosby is part of the terrific series of books Images of War which presents rare photographs from wartime archives including many photographs that are published for the first time. If the reason for creating such a book is to give us images of war that are informative, provocative, and haunting¿all shown to convey the essential feel of a given place and time¿then D-Day is a marvelous success. Winston Churchill described the Normandy invasion as ¿the most difficult and complicated operation to ever take place.¿ Look at the aerial shot on page 19 of this volume, and you will understand exactly what he meant. The picture of the abandoned German sleeping quarters at Cherbourg is a stunning summary of the panic of war. The furtive glance of a French woman toward the camera as she awaits help from an allied soldier, catches, in its own small way, all the uncertainty of displaced civilians.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.