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D-Day, 1944 - Modern War Studies (Paperback)
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D-Day, 1944 - Modern War Studies (Paperback)

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Paperback 390 Pages / Published: 31/05/1994
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June 6, 1944: the Allies launch the largest combined aerial and amphibious assault in modern history. Taking the Germans by surprise, they storm the heavily fortified defences at the beachheads along the Normandy coast. The cost in Allied lives is enormous (nearly 10,000 lost at Omaha alone), but the long-awaited Second Front is finally opened, marking the beginning of the end for Hitler's Third Reich. 50 years later, we are still trying to come to grips with the impact of what General Dwight Eisenhower called ""this great and noble undertaking"". In ""D-Day 1944"" 20 authors reassess the meanings and lessons of this monumental event and show why it retains such a prominent place in our national memory. Drawing upon a vast array of newly available archival sources, these authors extend and revise our understanding of coalition warmaking, the controversy over opening the Second Front, the logistics of operations ""Bolero"" and ""Overlord"", air and naval operations, small unit training and combat, the unique contributions of ""special forces"" and of ""Ultra"" and ""Fortitude"" intelligence, the war zone experience for French civilians, Eisenhower's leadership, and the comparative performances of the American, British and Canadian forces in combat. ""D-Day 1944"" also features valuable eyewitness commentaries by General Omar Bradley, Vice-Admiral Friedrich Ruge (German Navy), Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Don Whitehead, and George Marshall's biographer Forrest Pogue. Together, these essays remind us why a half century later D-Day remains one of the true defining moments of World War II.

Publisher: University Press of Kansas
ISBN: 9780700606740
Number of pages: 390
Weight: 680 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 33 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
[A] splendid collection of essays."--War in History

"Readers looking for summaries of, and insights into, virtually every debate surrounding the D-Day operation would do well to start with this book."--Canadian Military History


"D-Day 1944 contains essays by the world's leading scholars on the invasion of France, covering all aspects of the greatest amphibious assault in history, combining new information and scholarship in a highly readable and instructive volume. Recommended without hesitation or qualification."--Stephen A. Ambrose, author of Eisenhower and The Great and Noble Undertaking

"Fifty years is a long time in the action-ridden twentieth century and yet D-Day seems as new as yesterday. It is not merely a piece of history, it is unforgettable history. In these thoughtful and eloquent essays, general readers together with veterans and their families--children, grandchildren--will see again what was required during that 'longest day' in the lives of tens of thousands of America's young men."--Robert H. Ferrell, editor of The Eisenhower Diaries

"A splendid book that adds considerably to our understanding of this momentous operation. Required reading for anyone interested in the history of World War II."--Robert A. Doughty, author of The Breaking Point: Sedan and the Fall of France, 1940

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