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D-Day: Minute by Minuteby Jonathan Mayo
Synopses & Reviews
Told in a purely chronological style, this fascinating account vividly details the authentic stories of regular people caught up in the historical events of D-Day.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;June 6, 1944 was a truly historic day, but it was also a day where ordinary people found themselves in extraordinary situations...andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Lieutenant Norman Poole jumped from a bomber surrounded by two hundred decoy dummy parachutists. French baker Pierre Cardron led British paratroopers to his local church, where he knew two German soldiers were hiding in the confessional. Southampton telegram boy Tom Hiett delivered his first and#8220;death messageand#8221; by midday. At the sound of Allied aircraft, Werner Kortenhaus of the twenty-first Panzer Division ran to collect his still damp washing from a French laundrywoman. And injured soldiers wept in their beds in a New York hospital, knowing that their buddies lay dying on the Normandy beaches.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Drawing on memoirs, diaries, letters, and oral accounts, andlt;Iandgt;D-Day andlt;/Iandgt;is a purely chronological narrative, concerned less with the military strategies and more with what people were thinking and doing as D-Day unfolded, minute-by-minute. Moving seamlessly from various perspectives and stories, andlt;Iandgt;D-Day andlt;/Iandgt;sets the reader in the midst of it all, compelling us to relive this momentous day in world history.
"Mayo (The JFK Assassination) delivers an accessible, fast-paced, first person view of D-Day and the events immediately preceding the Allied landing. The book covers, in five- to 15-minute increments, the 48 hours ending at midnight June 6, 1944. Mayo uses diaries, journals, letters, oral histories, and other primary sources to take the reader from Winston Churchill strategizing over his dinner to the violent and bloody fighting on the beaches. His balanced perspective gives voice to both Allies and Axis, including many of the smaller contingents such as the Free French Forces. Though the experienced military history reader will be familiar with many of the stories Mayo relates, there are new insights and anecdotes that will capture their attention, for example the role that British midget submarines played in the landings. Mayo's clear descriptions and engaging storytelling work as a great introduction to the battle as it unfolds. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Jonathan Mayo joined the BBC in 1987, first working in radio and then television, where he won awards for his documentaries. In 2011 he became a freelance producer, director, and writer. He is the author of andlt;iandgt;The JFK Assassination: Minute by Minuteandlt;/iandgt; (Short Books, 2013). He lives in Surrey with his wife and son.
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