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Voices of D-Day: The Story of the Allied Invasion, Told by Those Who Were There

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In 1983 the Eisenhower Center at the University of New Orleans began a project to record the recollections of as many people as possible -- civilians as well as soldiers -- who were involved in one of the most pivotal events of the century. Skillfully edited by Ronald J. Drez and first published on the fifty-year anniversary of D-Day, the award-winning Voices of D-Day tells the story of that momentous operation almost entirely through the words...

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Overview

In 1983 the Eisenhower Center at the University of New Orleans began a project to record the recollections of as many people as possible -- civilians as well as soldiers -- who were involved in one of the most pivotal events of the century. Skillfully edited by Ronald J. Drez and first published on the fifty-year anniversary of D-Day, the award-winning Voices of D-Day tells the story of that momentous operation almost entirely through the words of the people who were there.

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A project conducted by the Eisenhower Center at the University of New Orleans, this selection of oral histories augmented with excerpts from published memoirs comprises the recollections of the Normandy beachhead on June 6, 1944, by American, British, Canadian and German soldiers plus a handful of French civilians. Pathfinders, commandoes, airborne troops, glider pilots, landing-craft coxswains, infantrymen, combat engineers, men of all ranks, recall the confusion and disorientation of that dreadful 24-hour period with its shocking tactical confrontations, unexpected terrors and impersonal slaughter. Through these vivid, succinctly spoken accounts, readers experience vicariously one of history's great military moments. Drez is assistant director of the Eisenhower Center. Photos. May
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807120811
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1996
  • Series: Eisenhower Center Studies on War and Peace
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 1,442,305
  • Product dimensions: 5.97 (w) x 8.93 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronald J. Drez, a Marine company commander in the Vietnam War, received two Bronze Stars and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. He is now assistant director of the Eisenhower Center at the University of New Orleans.

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Ronald J. Drez, a Marine company commander in the Vietnam War, received two Bronze Stars and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. He is now assistant director of the Eisenhower Center at the University of New Orleans.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Editor's Note
Introduction 1
1 Signing Up 8
2 The Gathering Forces 19
3 Training and Quarantine 28
4 Plans and Execution 52
5 The Screaming Eagles 71
6 The Bridge Prangers 98
7 Troarn and Robehomme 119
8 The All-Americans 127
9 The Air War 161
10 Utah Beach 171
11 The Guns of Brecourt 189
12 The 116th at Omaha Beach 198
13 Easy Red and the 1st Division 229
14 Guns and Rangers 258
15 Satterlee, Harding, and McCook 280
16 Gold and Juno Beaches 287
17 Sword Beach 295
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2002

    Definitely a Great Read

    The book is nothing but quality all the way through because it is by those who were there. Drez did a great job on this book and each story brought me a new idea of what it was like to be in Normandy on that frightening and great day.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2002

    This book is great

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and must say that Ambrose and Drez did an outstanding job of putting it together. I was mesmerized by each man's story, and while I like reading about Bradly and Patton and Eisenhower; these are the stories that really stand out to me. I am thankful that there are people like Drez and Ambrose who want to preserve these priceless stories for future generations. Read this book - you will love it!

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