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Voices from D-Day
     

Voices from D-Day

by Jonathan Bastable
 

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D-Day was the daring invasion of occupied France by Allied armies. This vast operation, code-named Overlord, was planned and executed in a matter of months. Tens of thousands of troops and civilians were involved in the buildup, but no hint of the time or place of the invasion was leaked to the Germans.

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D-Day was the daring invasion of occupied France by Allied armies. This vast operation, code-named Overlord, was planned and executed in a matter of months. Tens of thousands of troops and civilians were involved in the buildup, but no hint of the time or place of the invasion was leaked to the Germans.

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Each decennial anniversary of the Normandy landings has produced its own recounting of this momentous event in World War II. Although written soon after the war, Gordon Harrison's Cross-Channel Attack (1951) remains the starting point for all future accounts, and Cornelius Ryan's The Longest Day (1959), which was followed by the Darryl F. Zanuck film, wonderfully popularized the story. In the early 1980s, John Keegan's magisterial Six Armies in Normandy (1982) set a new standard for scholarship, followed a decade later by an equally valuable telling by Stephen Ambrose with his D-Day: June 6, 1944 : The Climactic Battle of World War II (1994). Recently, Russell Hart provided an updated rendering with Clash of Arms: How the Allies Won in Normandy (2001). The Balkoski study is quite good and certainly compares favorably with Adrian Lewis's Omaha Beach: A Flawed Victory (2001). Balkoski (Beyond the Beachhead) has skillfully blended first-person accounts with a well-researched narrative of what happened on that fateful morning and an artful sprinkling of detailed maps. Bastable's Voices from D-Day, however, is a patchwork of interviews and reminiscences interspersed with historical narrative, which reflects his journalistic background but does not break much new ground historiographically. Most libraries would benefit from the Balkoski volume, but only the largest need to consider Bastable's. Ed Goedeken, State Univ. Lib., Ames, IA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9780715322048
Publisher:
F+W Media
Publication date:
04/01/2005
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.92(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.84(d)

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