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D-Day: June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II

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Stephen E. Ambroseand#8217;s andlt;I andgt;D-Day andlt;/Iandgt;is the definitive history of World War IIand#8217;s most pivotal battle, a day that changed the course of history.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;I andgt;D-Dayandlt;/Iandgt; is the epic story of men at the most demanding moment of their lives, when the horrors, complexities, and triumphs of life are laid bare. Distinguished historian Stephen E. Ambrose portrays the faces of courage and heroism, fear and determinationand#8212;what Eisenhower called and#8220;the fury of an aroused democracyand#8221;and#8212;that shaped the victory of the citizen soldiers whom Hitler had disparaged.Drawing on more than 1,400 interviews with American, British, Canadian, French, and German veterans, Ambrose reveals how the original plans for the invasion had to be abandoned, and how enlisted men and junior officers acted on their own initiative when they realized that nothing was as they were told it would be.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;The action begins at midnight, June 5/6, when the first British and American airborne troops jumped into France. It ends at midnight June 6/7. Focusing on those pivotal twenty-four hours, it moves from the level of Supreme Commander to that of a French child, from General Omar Bradley to an American paratrooper, from Field Marshal Montgomery to a German sergeant.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Ambroseand#8217;s andlt;I andgt;D-Day andlt;/Iandgt;is the finest account of one of our historyand#8217;s most important days.

Synopsis:

This monumental narrative provides a compelling portrait of the strategic dimesnions of the invasion that changed the course of the World War II, skillfully melding eyewitness accounts of American, British, Canadian, French, and German veterans, materials from government and private archives, and never-before-utilized sources from the homefront. Photos & maps.

Synopsis:

Stephen E. Ambrose draws from more than 1,400 interviews with American, British, Canadian, French, and German veterans to create the preeminent chronicle of the most important day in the twentieth century. Ambrose reveals how the original plans for the invasion were abandoned, and how ordinary soldiers and officers acted on their own initiative. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;Iandgt;D-Dayandlt;/Iandgt; is above all the epic story of men at the most demanding moment of their existence, when the horrors, complexities, and triumphs of life are laid bare. Ambrose portrays the faces of courage and heroism, fear and determination — what Eisenhower called "the fury of an aroused democracy" — that shaped the victory of the citizen soldiers whom Hitler had disparaged.

About the Author

Stephen E. Ambrose, the Boyd Professor of History at the University of New Orleans, is Director of the Eisenhower Center and President of the National D-Day Museum in New Orleans. He is the author of numerous works of history, including Band of Brothers and Pegasus Bridge, as well as of a two-volume biography of Dwight D. Eisenhower. He lives in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.

Table of Contents

Contents

Prologue

1 The Defenders

2 The Attackers

3 The Commanders

4 Where And When?

5 Utilizing Assets

6 Planning and Preparing

7 Training

8 Marshaling and Briefing

9 Loading

10 Decision to Go

11 Cracking the Atlantic Wall

The Airborne into Normandy

12 "Let's Get Those Bastards"

The Airborne Night Attack

13 "The Greatest Show Ever Staged"

The Air Bombardment

14 A Long, Endless Column of Ships

The Naval Crossing and Bombardment

15 "We'll Start the War from Right Here"

The 4th Division at Utah Beach

16 "Nous Restons Ici"

The Airborne in the Cotentin

17 Visitors to Hell

The 116th Regiment at Omaha

18 Utter Chaos Reigned

The 16th Regiment at Omaha

19 Traffic Jam

Tanks, Artillery, and Engineers at Omaha

20 "I Am A Destroyer Man"

The Navy at Omaha Beach

21 "Will You Tell Me How We Did This?"

The 2nd Ranger Battalion on D-Day Morning

22 Up the Bluff at Vierville

The 116th Regiment and 5th Ranger Battalion

23 Catastrophe Contained

Easy Red Sector, Omaha Beach

24 Struggle for the High Ground

Vierville, St.-Laurent, and Colleville

25 "It Was Just Fantastic"

Afternoon on Omaha Beach

26 The World Holds Its Breath

D-Day on the Home Fronts

27 "Fairly Stuffed With Gadgets"

The British Opening Moves

28 "Everything Was Well Ordered"

The 50th Division at Gold Beach

29 Payback

The Canadians at Juno Beach

30 "An Unforgettable Sight"

The British at Sword Beach

31 "My God, We've Done It"

The British Airborne on D-Day

32 "When Can Their Glory Fade?"

The End of the Day

Glossary

Endnotes

Bibliography

Appendix A: Veterans who contributed oral histories or written memoirs to the Eisenhower Center

Index

Maps

The Final Overlord Invasion Plan

German Strength in Western Europe

Landing Diagram, Omaha Beach

Utah Beach Airborne Assault on D-Day

The Allied Assault Routes on D-Day

Utah Beach Infantry Assault on D-Day

Omaha Beach First Wave Landings on D-Day

Omaha Beach Eastern Sector

Omaha Beach Evening of D-Day

Product Details

ISBN:
9780684801377
Author:
Ambrose, Stephen E.
Author:
Griffith
Author:
Ambrose, Stephen E.
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
History
Subject:
France
Subject:
Normandy
Subject:
Normandy (france)
Subject:
World War, 19
Subject:
General History
Subject:
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- France.
Subject:
Normandy (France) History, Military.
Subject:
Military-World War II General
Subject:
world war II, military history, best military history books, nazi germany, third reich, hitler, d-day, invasion of normandy, normandy beach, 506th airborne, paratroopers, GIs, allied forces
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Touchstone ed.
Edition Description:
B102
Series:
A Touchstone book
Series Volume:
85-268
Publication Date:
June 1995
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2-16 PAGE INSERTS
Pages:
656
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.12 in 26.04 oz

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"Synopsis" by , This monumental narrative provides a compelling portrait of the strategic dimesnions of the invasion that changed the course of the World War II, skillfully melding eyewitness accounts of American, British, Canadian, French, and German veterans, materials from government and private archives, and never-before-utilized sources from the homefront. Photos & maps.
"Synopsis" by , Stephen E. Ambrose draws from more than 1,400 interviews with American, British, Canadian, French, and German veterans to create the preeminent chronicle of the most important day in the twentieth century. Ambrose reveals how the original plans for the invasion were abandoned, and how ordinary soldiers and officers acted on their own initiative. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;Iandgt;D-Dayandlt;/Iandgt; is above all the epic story of men at the most demanding moment of their existence, when the horrors, complexities, and triumphs of life are laid bare. Ambrose portrays the faces of courage and heroism, fear and determination — what Eisenhower called "the fury of an aroused democracy" — that shaped the victory of the citizen soldiers whom Hitler had disparaged.
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