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D-Day, 1944 (Modern War Studies)by Theodore A Wilson
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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 defenses 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.
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 twenty noted 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 military and diplomatic leadership, and the comparative performances of the American, British, and Canadian forces in combat.
Combining crisp analysis with provocative insights, D-Day 1944 also features a foreword by prominent historian John Eisenhower, as well as 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 this epochal conflict.
"Readers may be astonished at how much scholarly digging and the release of once-secret information have transformed the history of this campaign. At times it seems like a whole new war". — New York Times Book Review.
Twenty noted authors reassess the meanings and lessons of this monumental event and show why it retains such a prominent place in our national memory.
'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 E. Ambrose
Includes bibliographical references (p. 339-390) and index.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations and Maps
Foreword, John S. D. Eisenhower
Foreward to D-Day: The Normandy Invasion in Retrospect, General Omar N. Bradley
Introduction, Theodore A. Wilson
Part One: The Muster
1. Wilmot Revisited: Myth and Reality in Anglo-American Strategy for the Second Front, Maurice Matloff
2. Biffing: The Saga of the Second Front, Alex Danchev
3. Constraining OVERLORD: Civilian Logistics, TORCH, and the Second Front, Kevin Smith
4. ULTRA, FORTITUDE, and D-day Planning: The Missing Dimension, Alexander S. Cochran
5. Technology at D-day: Allied Weapons Old and New, Robin Higham
Part Two: The Battle
6. The Navies and NEPTUNE, Max Schoenfeld
7. German Naval Operations on D-day, Friedrich Ruge
8. The Air Campaign, Alan Wilt
9. Special Operations and the Normandy Invasion, David Hogan
10. D-day 1944, Forrest C. Pogue
11. A Correspondent's View of D-day, Don Whitehead
12. Deposited on Fortune's Far Shore: The 2d Battalion, 8th Infantry, Theodore A. Wilson
13. Caught in the Middle: The French Population in Normandy, Arthur Layton Funk
Part III: Assessments: Striking a Balance
14. Two Armies in Normandy: Weighing British and Canadian Military Performance, Raymond Callahan
15. Assessing American Military Leadership: Two Postinvasion Corps Commanders, Robert H. Berlin
16. Dwight D. Eisenhower: Architect of Victory, Mark A. Stohler
17. D-Day: Analysis of Costs and Benefits, Gerhard L. Weinberg
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