The D-Day Atlas: Anatomy of the Normandy Campaign

The D-Day Atlas: Anatomy of the Normandy Campaign

by Charles Messenger


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The D-Day Atlas: Anatomy of the Normandy Campaign by Charles Messenger

Now available in paperback for the seventieth anniversary: a compelling history of the D-Day invasion told through superb cartography and authoritative text
D-Day was the culmination of four years of planning and preparation that began in the summer of 1940 when Britain stood alone and under imminent threat of German cross-Channel invasion. Charles Messenger’s vivid study of the landings and subsequent campaign chronicles the gradual evolution of the invasion plan, encompassing the intelligence efforts, the Ango-US strategic debate over where the Allies should attack, and the elaborate deception put in place to fool the Germans about the true D-Day objective. The build-up culminates in a day-by-day account of the landings by sea and by air on the beaches of Normandy—Utah,Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword—and the ensuing grim struggle for six weeks to break through the German defenses.
At the heart of this fascinating re-creation of the D-Day campaign are seventy-one maps in full color, which incorporate the latest computer technology. Many are in fact based on the very same maps used by the Allies in 1944. Specially commissioned reconstruction drawings and 82 contemporary photographs help bring the beaches of Normandy to life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780500291191
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Publication date: 03/31/2014
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 629,539
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Charles Messenger has published over thirty books, including The Second World War in the West. He lives in London.

Table of Contents

Key to Maps4
Chapter 1Planning and Preparation9
Operation Sealion German Invasion Plans11
Denmark and Norway April-June 194012
The Dakar Operation August-September 194014
Allied Special Forces operations in France and Norway 1940-4315
Early Invasion Plans 1941-4317
St Nazaire Raid--Operation Chariot 28 March 194219
Operation Jubilee--Dieppe Raid20
North Africa Landings 8 November 194222
Invasion of Sicily 10 July-17 August 194325
COSSAC Plan August 194326
Revised Plan April 194428
Air Plan June 194432
Naval Plan36
Deception Plans for D-Day--Operation Overlord38
Concentration of Allied forces in the United Kingdom43
Chapter 2Fortress Europe45
Festung Europa--Distribution of German Divisions in the West November 194347
Festung Europa--German Defences in the West49
French Resistance--Normandy early 194454
French Resistance: Industrial Sabotage 1942-4455
The German Coastal Batteries and their ranges May-June 194456
The Merville Battery56
Chapter 3D-Day59
Allied D-Day Landing Plan and Objectives 6 June 194460
101st Airborne Division Drop Pattern 6 June 194463
82nd Airborne Division Drop Pattern 6 June 194464
British 6th Airborne Division 6 June 194466
Pegasus Bridge68
Allied Naval Bombardment Plan 6 June 194470
Utah Beach: Initial landing to midday76
Pointe du Hoc: Initial landing to midday78
Assault on Omaha Beach: Situation at midday80
Gold Beach: Initial landing to midday82
Juno Beach: Initial landing to midday84
Sword Beach: Initial landing to midday86
First German reactions90
Chapter 4The Beachhead Battles93
Overview of Normandy 6 June95
Gold and Juno Beaches: Consolidation to 9 June96
Sword Beach: Consolidation to 9 June99
Omaha Beach: Consolidation to 8 June101
Utah Beach 6-8 June 1944102
Interdiction Bombing of Northern France103
Villers-Bocage 11-14 June 1944106
Crossing the Cotentin 11-18 June 1944107
Overview of Frontline 7-12 June 1944108
Mulberry Harbour A at St-Laurent-sur-Mer 19-21 June 1944110
Mulberry Harbour B June 1944111
Capture of Cherbourg 18-30 June 1944112
Bombing of Cherbourg112
Monty's Plan 30 June 1944113
Battle for St-Lo 11-24 July 1944115
Operation Epsom 24-30 June 1944116
Operation Charnwood 7-9 July 1944119
The Odon Valley 10-18 July120
Overview of Frontline 12-30 June122
Operation Goodwood 18-22 July 1944125
Normandy Front 24 July126
Chapter 5Break-Out131
Operation Cobra 25-31 July133
German Counter-attack at Mortain135
Bluecoat Day 1 30 July 1944137
Operation Bluecoat 29 July-6 August 1944139
Overall Situation 6 August 1944140
Operation Totalize 7-11 August 1944143
Overrunning Brittany 3-7 August 1944144
Operation Tractable 14-15 August 1944145
Closing the Falaise pocket 13 August 1944146
Closing the Falaise pocket 16 August 1944148
Closing the Falaise pocket 19 August 1944150
Overview of Campaign 6-19 August 1944152
The Liberation of Paris 13-25 August 1944154
Allied Advance to 31 August 1944156
Allied Advance to 15 September 1944157
Europe: Allied Advance to September 1944159
Codewords Connected With D-Day166
High Command Diagrams168
Divisions Which Fought in Normandy170
Further Reading172

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