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Operation Neptune 1944: D-DayÂ?s Seaborne Armada
     

Operation Neptune 1944: D-DayÂ?s Seaborne Armada

by Ken Ford, Howard Gerrard
 

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The story of Operation Neptune was, of course, more than just a tale of planning, building and logistics. It had action a-plenty and the emotive tales of bravery, ingenuity and determination by the crews of the ships involved brought credit to the naval traditions of the Allied nations. Battleships, cruisers and destroyers bombarded enemy positions; midget submarines

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The story of Operation Neptune was, of course, more than just a tale of planning, building and logistics. It had action a-plenty and the emotive tales of bravery, ingenuity and determination by the crews of the ships involved brought credit to the naval traditions of the Allied nations. Battleships, cruisers and destroyers bombarded enemy positions; midget submarines pointed the way to the beaches; minesweepers worked secretly by night to clear lanes; landing craft of all sizes braved enemy fire and mines to deposit their loads on the beaches and naval beach parties endured shellfire and machine guns to bring order to the beaches. Royal Navy commandos and US naval engineers dealt with beach obstacles against rising tides in the face of withering enemy fire. Losses during Neptune and the days after the assault were quite heavy. Operation Neptune had more casualties amongst its vessels than any other naval enterprise in World War II.

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“This is an excellent summary of the naval aspects of the invasion, and gives considerable insight to those interested in repelling invasions. As such, it is highly recommended.” —Coast Defense Journal

“Over 60 historical photographs, maps, and artwork capturing D-Day's events augment Ford's useful book. A bibliography and index complete contents. Check the inside back cover for more study references.” —David L/ Veres, www.cybermodeler.com

“First and foremost this 96-page paperback recounts the ingenuity, valor and determination of Allied seamen who opened a new front on the European mainland and helped pave the way to victory over Axis forces. This book is liberally illustrated in color and black and white by fascinating photos, excellent maps and a few fine color plates by Howard Gerrard.” —Grant Peterson, Toy Soldier and Model Figure Magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781472802736
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
02/20/2014
Series:
Campaign , #268
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
818,093
File size:
21 MB
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Meet the Author

Ken Ford was born in Hampshire in 1943. He trained as an engineer and spent almost 30 years in the telecommunications industry before a change in career led him to become a full-time military historian. He is the author of over 20 books on various aspects of World War II. Ken now lives in Southampton.

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