D-Day, June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II

D-Day, June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II

by Stephen E. Ambrose
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D-Day, June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II by Stephen E. Ambrose

They wanted to be throwing baseballs, not hand grenades, shooting .22s at rabbits, not M-1s at other men. But when the test came, when freedom had to be fought for or abandoned, they fought. They were soldiers of democracy. They were the men of D-Day.

When Hitler declared war on the United States, he bet that the young men brought up in the Hitler Youth would outfight the youngsters brought up in the Boy Scouts. In this magnificent retelling of the war's most climatic battle, acclaimed World War II historian Stephen E. Ambrose tells how wrong Hitler was.

Drawing on hundreds of oral histories as well as never-before-available information from around the world, Ambrose tells the true story of how the Allies broke through Hitler's Atlantic Wall, revealing that the intricate plan for the invasion had to be abandoned before the first shot was fired. Focusing on the 24 hours of June 6, 1944, D-Day brings to life the stories of the men and women who made history — from top Allied and Axis strategic commanders to the citizen soldiers whose heroic initiative saved the day.

From high-level politics to hand-to-hand combat, from winner-take-all strategy to survival under fire, here is history more gripping than any thriller — the epic story of democracy's victory over totalitarianism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780783884691
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 03/28/1999
Series: Core Series
Edition description: Unabridged Edition Large Print
Pages: 962
Product dimensions: 6.28(w) x 9.52(h) x 1.91(d)

About the Author

Stephen E. Ambrose was a renowned historian and acclaimed author of more than thirty books. Among his New York Times bestsellers are Nothing Like It in the World, Citizen Soldiers, Band of Brothers, D-Day - June 6, 1944, and Undaunted Courage. Dr. Ambrose was a retired Boyd Professor of History at the University of New Orleans and a contributing editor for the Quarterly Journal of Military History.

Date of Birth:

January 10, 1936

Date of Death:

October 13, 2002

Place of Birth:

Whitewater, Wisconsin

Place of Death:

Bay St. Louis, Mississippi

Education:

B.A., University of Wisconsin; M.A., Louisiana State University, 1958; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, 1963

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D-Day June 6, 1944 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 66 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
D-Day was an important day that turned the tide in WWII. It is impressively captured in this account. This book is quite long, but the preparation and battle information is laid out in such detail that if this interests you, the length won't matter. Stephen E. Ambrose explains how the Allies were preparing for this large-scale attack, including the training methods, and the shipping of troops and supplies to Great Britain. Jokes and humorous moments before the battle make the troops seem a bit more human. All these events keep the reader wanting to move forward. Taking the stories that veterans gave to the WWII memorial museum, Ambrose brings them together to create this giant book. Unfortunately, by the time the actual day of the attack comes about, you might be ready to stop reading. The book picks up though, with all the different battle scenes and locations. With detailed description, Ambrose lays out the entire scene of the invasion of Normandy across the rest of the book. Along with all this information, he lays out some of the effects that the battles had on the war. Not just the beach landing, but also some of the smaller parts of the invasion played the biggest role. If the French had never hid the U.S. paratroopers, Germany would have immediately figured out about the allied attack, and would have sent more troops to fortify the Atlantic Wall. The length of the book lowered the rating, but Ambrose's excellent job with the detail behind each of the critical battles helped keep the book pretty enjoyable. This book is more interesting and has more background than a textbook. If I were to recommend this book to a High Schooler, that person would have to be very diligent and willing to read all 500+ pages of this book. On a whole, the story and records of the attack are excellent, but I think the author dragged the whole story out a bit to longer than necessary. I felt like this book deserved a rating of 85% as a good book on the event the world knows as D-Day.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book D-Day is historically accurate because of all of the research that author Steven Ambrose did before he wrote the book. He interviewed soldiers and sailors that were actually in the battle that day. The book mentions the same lack of preparation on the German¿s part as The American Pageant. Also The American Pageant uses most of the same general descriptions of the generals such as Eisenhower. Also D-Day mentioned how Britain was crowded with more than 3,000,000 allied troops before the battle took place, also mentioned is the German¿s worry about the Allie¿s ability to have almost complete air superiority. The book allows people to interpret the character of people such as Dwight D Eisenhower and Erwin Rommel. Also the book allows people to get a good idea of how the battle actually progressed and of all the events that happened on and leading up to that day. The book describes how the American and British troops prepared for the battle as well as what the Germans did to get ready for the imminent invasion when they built the Atlantic Wall. The book gives the reader only the straight facts about how Eisenhower and Rommel treated their staff and how Hitler and Churchill mentally prepared for the battle. If somebody was to pick up and read this book with limited to no knowledge of Operation Overlord and were eager to learn more about it then they would be pleased. The book will give you a clear understanding of all that happened both politically and militarily in the year leading to the invasion. By the time they finished reading the book they would have a massive amount of specific knowledge that even some history professors would not have. I would recommend this book to anybody that has an interest in WW II as the book gives the reader an understanding of the tactics and weapons that were used by the Americans, British, Germans, and the French Resistance. Also there are little mini biographies of the generals that served in the battle from Eisenhower and Bradley to Rommel. Overall I would give this book a rating of 4/5. The book is a little long and some people might not like that so much.
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EarlB More than 1 year ago
Ambrose’s account of D-Day is a milestone work of vivid, intricate planning details leading up to the historic invasion and the agony and halting successes of the wrenching day itself. Launching the invasion was a far cry from what was anticipated, due in large part to cloudy weather that prevented precisely timed bombings and landings. Many plans had to be scrapped completely, while others proceeded with horrendous losses and dispiriting delays.  This book brought me into an up-close view of the action, resulting destruction, improvised plans, and wrenching accounts of those directly involved. The scale of the invasion unfolded for hours, shocking German forces that were ultimately worn down by the unrelenting arrivals of airplanes, ships, soldiers, tanks, and supplies.  Numerous photos in the book show bits of the unfolding day. Hundreds of quotations from soldiers were gathered and woven smoothly and often dramatically into the story. These are stories of desperate situations, heroism, sacrifice, unspeakable loss, determination, and compassion. The overall story educates and inspires. It brings unforgettably what has been a vague appreciation of D-Day to vivid life. It left me in awe.  Earl B. Russell, Author Cold Turkey at Nine: The Memoir of a Problem Child
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recommend, great historical piece
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have this in paperback it is a well written book.Ps i am 10 years old
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RVN69 More than 1 year ago
I bought this book on a recommendation from a friend and I'm glad that I did. My Dad served with the 1St. Infantry Division and his unit was one of the first to land at Omaha Beach. He never talked much about the experience but when he did I became very interested in that operation. This book tells it like it is and the first hand accounts from the Vet's that were interviewed have given me an insight to what my Dad must have gone through. I would recommend this book to anyone who would like to learn what those brave men did on that day.
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DesRS More than 1 year ago
Chris said the book is fantastic and makes you feel like you really were there on D-Day.
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