Remember D-Day: The Plan, the Invasion, Survivor Stoies

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Remember D-Day combines compelling narrative, dramatic archival photographs and memorabilia, detailed maps, and a timeline to bring readers the exciting story of one of the world's most daring invasions. This landmark book will provide children with valuable insight into the significance of the invasion and help them understand D-Day in the overall context of the war.

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Overview

Remember D-Day combines compelling narrative, dramatic archival photographs and memorabilia, detailed maps, and a timeline to bring readers the exciting story of one of the world's most daring invasions. This landmark book will provide children with valuable insight into the significance of the invasion and help them understand D-Day in the overall context of the war.

Discusses the events and personalities involved in the momentous Allied invasion of France on June 6, 1944.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A companion to Remember Pearl Harbor, Remember D-Day: The Plan, the Invasion, Survivor Stories by Ronald J. Drez recounts the months leading up to and the details of the Allied invasion at Normandy. Though the "survivor stories" appear mainly as brief quotations interspersed throughout the narrative, photographs of the young soldiers to which the quotes are attributed often run alongside, lending a personal quality to the text. Timelines, numerous photographs and illustrations contribute to an accessible design, and an introduction by David Eisenhower adds further depth to the volume. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
The opening page shows a smiling General Dwight D. Eisenhower embracing his pre-school grandson David. The book's foreword refers to D-Day as the beginning of a "long march that finally ended with the unification of Europe in 1990, the centennial of Granddad's birth." This congenial beginning lends a valuable human element to the story of this amazing battle, as do the many close-up headshots and quotes from individual soldiers, including a very young German private. There is a simple but not simplistic summary of the war before D-Day and from there, the story unfolds like a dramatic, page-turning novel even for readers who know the outcome. There are just enough details about military equipment and not very much jargon about military strategy. Drez makes the complexity of the operation clear and fascinating—the use of agents and double—agents, the need to spread conflicting information about American plans, the importance of weather predictions and the weather itself (German General Rommel went home to Germany to celebrate his wife's birthday because the weather was supposed to be too bad for an invasion). It is a book entirely focused on one battle, but it is the battle that changed the course of World War II. This is outstanding reading that will appeal to a wide range of student needs and interests. 2004, National Geographic Society, Ages 12 up.
—Karen Leggett
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-This volume is one of the finest of its genre for this age group to appear in some years. In the foreword, David Eisenhower introduces his grandfather, Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Supreme Commander of Allied Forces, as a real person, and not just a historical figure. In the first chapter, Drez describes the progress of the war in Europe. Four more chronologically arranged chapters cover the problems, tactics, strategies, deceptions, and the actual day of the invasion. An epilogue sums up its role in the end of the war. The book's format is dignified yet eye-catching. The text is printed on backgrounds in subdued pastel shades, leaving white margins on each page. Most of the vintage black-and-white photos are commonly seen in other titles. A few of them are in color. The captions are informative. Personal anecdotes from and portraits of soldiers on both sides are included as part of the narration. While most of the book focuses on the planning and execution of the invasion, the tremendous loss of lives is not overlooked. Although no new ground is covered here, this well-organized, clearly written account provides a solid overview for readers unfamiliar with the subject. A first-rate purchase.-Eldon Younce, Harper Elementary School, KS Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A weak beginning and questionable ending flank a riveting account of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, 60 years ago. After an introductory chapter that sets up WWII to 1944 so sketchily it might as well not be there, Drez plunges into his subject with gusto. From the diversionary tactics designed to fool the German army into thinking the invasion would be anywhere but Normandy to the construction of two portable harbors the Allied forces would take across the Channel with them, he presents the preparations for D-Day in fascinating detail. The coverage of the actual invasion is peppered with first-person accounts by not only American, but British, Canadian, and German soldiers as well, providing "you are there" immediacy. The epilogue makes the categorical assertion that had D-Day not proven successful, Hitler would have prevailed, a melodramatic point that, however clearly seen in hindsight, is still nevertheless unprovable. The strength of the main narrative, and a design that includes archival material, modern photographs, and a splendid chart of the invasion, makes this offering a good addition to WWII collections. (Nonfiction. 9-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792266662
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 5/1/2004
  • Series: Remember Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 969,907
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.88 (w) x 10.59 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronald J. Drez has a master’s degree in history from the University of New Orleans and is an assistant director and research fellow at the university’s Eisenhower Center. He worked closely with the late Stephen Ambrose to interview D-Day veterans for Ambrose’s Band of Brothers and for his own book Voices of D-Day, which as awarded the George Washington Honor Medal from Freedom’s Foundation at Valley Forge. He is also the author of Twenty-Five Years of War and has written and edited numerous magazine articles about World War II. As President of Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours, he regularly leads tours to Normandy and other World War II battle sites. A highly decorated marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War, Drez lives in New Orleans with his wife. He has four children and eight grandchildren.
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