The Dead and Those About to Die: D-Day: The Big Red One at Omaha Beach

The Dead and Those About to Die: D-Day: The Big Red One at Omaha Beach

by John C. McManus
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The Dead and Those About to Die: D-Day: The Big Red One at Omaha Beach by John C. McManus

Nicknamed the Big Red One, 1st Division had fought from North Africa to Sicily, earning a reputation as stalwart warriors on the front lines and rabble-rousers in the rear. Yet on D-Day, these veterans melded with fresh-faced replacements to accomplish one of the most challenging and deadly missions ever.

As the men hit the beach, their equipment was destroyed or washed away, soldiers were cut down by the dozens, and heroes emerged: Sergeant Raymond Strojny, who grabbed a bazooka and engaged in a death duel with a fortified German antitank gun; T/5 Joe Pinder, who braved enemy fire to save a vital radio; Lieutenant John Spalding and Sergeant Phil Streczyk, who together demolished a German strong point overlooking Easy Red, where hundreds of Americans had landed.

Along the way, McManus explores the Gap Assault Team engineers who dealt with the extensive mines and obstacles, suffering nearly a fifty percent casualty rate; highlights officers such as Brigadier General Willard Wyman and Colonel George Taylor, who led the way to victory; and punctures scores of myths surrounding this long-misunderstood battle.

Drawing on a rich array of new or recently unearthed sources, including interviews with veterans, this is the unforgettable story of the Big Red One’s nineteen hours of hell—and their ultimate triumph—on June 6, 1944.

INCLUDES PHOTOGRAPHS
 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451415301
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/05/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 99,318
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

John C. McManus is the author of Grunts, Alamo in the Ardennes, and September Hope: The American Side of a Bridge Too Far. He earned a PhD in American and Military History from the University of Tennessee, where he served as Assistant Director of the Center for the Study of War and Society and was a Normandy Scholar. As a leading authority on the Normandy invasion, he holds a Cantigny First Division Museum Fellowship. He is currently a full professor of U.S. Military History at Missouri University of Science and Technology, where he teaches a variety of courses, including one on World War II and another on the Modern American Combat Experience. He also serves as the official historian for the United States Army’s Seventh Infantry Regiment.

Table of Contents

Foreword 1

Prologue: Shock 7

Chapter 1 Background 19

Chapter 2 Intentions 55

Chapter 3 H-Hour 67

Chapter 4 Survivors 119

Chapter 5 Brass 177

Chapter 6 Reinforcements 199

Chapter 7 Inland 217

Chapter 8 Support 241

Chapter 9 Beachhead 271

Chapter 10 Meaning 289

Acknowledgments 305

Selected Bibliography 313

Endnotes 317

Index 359

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“[A] simply magnificent narrative of one of the most famous and gripping events of modern military history.”—Paul Kennedy, New York Times bestselling author of Engineers of Victory

“This is gripping history—beautifully and masterfully told by one of America’s premier historians.”—Patrick K. O’Donnell, national bestselling author of Dog Company

“Magnificent! I could not put this book down!”—Joseph Balkoski, author of Omaha Beach and Utah Beach

“A gripping account of the desperate battle for Omaha Beach on D-Day by the legendary 1st Infantry Division, the Big Red One.”—Carlo D’Este, author of Patton: A Genius for War

 

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The Dead and Those About to Die: D-Day: The Big Red One at Omaha Beach 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
a well written and researched up close and personal account of the beach and getting to the pillboxes. excruciating... you are there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book was hard to put down I found myself breathing hard quite often, I highly recommend it
Casey07 More than 1 year ago
I purchased a copy of The Dead and Those About to Die by John C. McManus and published by Penquin. I am posting a review to Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my nonfiction book review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google Plus pages. I chose to purchase and read this book as I have read a great deal about World War II and D-Day.  I have never read one that strictly focuses on one of the beaches that were part of the invasion. This is the first book by John C. McManus that I have read. This book is very well written and researched. It includes numerous maps making it easy for the reader to follow along with the action depicted in the book. There is also a section with photos of the key players. The book reads like an engaging piece of fiction writing which makes it hard to put down. The subtitle of the book: D-Day: The Big Red One at Omaha Beach provides the overview of the book. The author goes into great detail about what happens, both the good and bad, the living, dying and dead, and addresses both sides although the strong emphasis is on the american side. The author also delves into what happens after the war to some of the key characters in the book. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in World War II and in D-Day in particular. You will not be disappointed.
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