"D - DAY" The Greatest Invasion, A People's History.
by Dan Van Der Vat.
Thousands of men landed on the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944. And each man who survived had a unique story to tell. Many of these previously unpublished eyewitness accounts appear here for the first time, accompanied by rare photographs from personal albums and artifacts from private collections. Specially commissioned contemporary color photographs by Peter Christopher are used in compelling "then-and-now" features, and detailed maps illuminate each stage of the great and daring campaign that became the turning point of the Second World War.
"Let us all beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking".
-Supreme Allied Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower-
"Early on the morning of June 6, 1944, the mightiest amphibious invasion force in history headed for the beaches of Normandy. Operation Overlord was its military name, but it would be known forever as D-DAY".
Out of the gray haze of an early morning they came, a vast armada of ships churning toward the Normandy coast. Soon thousands of American, British and Canadian soldiers were streaming ashore in the face of withering enemy fire. The day was June 6, 1944. By evening, the formidable defenses of the Third Reich were crumbling, and the liberation of Europe was at last underway.
D - DAY. The Greatest Invasion A People's History
by Dan Van Der Vat
Introduction by John S. D. Eisenhower, autor of General Ike.
Published by Bloomsbury, New York and London
Distributed to the trade in the U.S. by Holtzbrinck Publishers.
Produced by Madison Press Books
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Jacket, Design and Compilation Copyright 2003 The Madison Press Limited
Photographs by Peter Christopher (Copyright 2003)