D-Day Landing Craft: How 4,126 ‘Ugly and Unorthodox’ Allied Craft made the Normandy Landings Possible (Hardback)
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D-Day Landing Craft: How 4,126 ‘Ugly and Unorthodox’ Allied Craft made the Normandy Landings Possible (Hardback)

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Hardback Published: 23/05/2024
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‘This is a marvellous book. The research is very thorough and it will answer all my questions.’ – RICHARD WILLIS, Normandy veteran, first lieutenant on LCT 898 on D-Day

‘Brings to life … the planning and execution of the largest amphibious landing which the world has ever seen … My grandfather… would have been most impressed by this detailed research.’ – CAPTAIN WILL RAMSAY, grandson of Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay, Allied Naval Commander, Expeditionary Force

D-Day, one of the most decisive moments of the Second World War, could not have happened without thousands of landing craft. Yet their role, and that of their crews, has often been overlooked.

During a combined operation that involved aerial and naval assaults, as well as amphibious landings on a vast scale, more than 132,000 Allied troops landed on the Normandy beaches on 6 June 1944. Through their efforts, the tide of the war turned for the final time to favour the Allies.

There is no overstating the contribution of the landing craft and their crews on the first day of Operation Neptune, and yet it is often overlooked. In D-Day Landing Craft, historian Andrew Whitmarsh turns his attention to these vital vessels that ensured the operation’s success. He describes events on each of the five Allied beaches on D-Day from the perspective of landing craft, landing ships and their crews. He examines why there were so many different types of landing craft and how they were built over several years in both the UK and North America, despite many competing war production requirements and operational demands. This closely researched and well-illustrated account is essential to anyone who wants to fully understand the course of D-Day, and the nature of Allied preparations for the campaign.

Publisher: The History Press Ltd
ISBN: 9781803994451
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

‘This is a superb book … Andrew Whitmarsh has produced a meticulously researched narrative that combines stories of personal sacrifice, bravery and achievement with a rigorous study of the development and use of the amphibious assault force that played such a fundamental role in the success of the D-Day landings. His text is a model of clear expression and coherent organisation … One of the best books about D-Day to appear in recent years: it deserves to be very widely read.’ DR SIMON TREW, former head of the Department of War Studies, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst

‘... uniquely brings together, in one place, hard to find information about the history of landing craft from conception to delivery and the myriad of constructional and organisational processes in between. By itself that is quite an achievement but, uniquely in my experience, the narrative includes observations from the veterans who manned the craft.’ GEOFF SLEE, combinedops.com

'This is a marvellous book. The research is very thorough and it will answer all my questions.’ Richard Willis, first lieutenant on LCT 898 on D-Day

‘Brings to life … the planning and execution of the largest amphibious landing which the world has ever seen … My grandfather… would have been most impressed by this detailed research’. CAPTAIN WILL RAMSAY, grandson of Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay, Allied Naval Commander, Expeditionary Force

"I would like to congratulate ... Andrew Whitmarsh ... for producing this record in such detail of perhaps one of the greatest days in our history. Early in the war we realised that transferring troops and equipment from sea to shore would be difficult but MUST succeed. D-Day was like no other and I was privileged to play a small part in that most memorable day. It was an honour that I shall never forget. We did have to pay a high price and many young lives were lost on that day, but we will remember them." Howard R. Wilkes, leading telegraphist on LCF 25 on D-Day

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