D-Day Resource List

Richard Goldstein

This book begins during the Allied Command's planning stages and ends with remembrances by soldiers who have returned to the beaches for memorial services.

Stephen E. Ambrose

Through soldiers' journals and letters, describes Easy Company's contributions to the campaigns in western Europe and recounts their stories of survival.

Joseph Balkoski

Describes the movements of the 29th infantry division during and after the Normandy invasion.

Stephen E. Ambrose

From the author of Band of Brothers comes the chronicle of the Allied invasion of Normandy, published on the 50th anniversary of the historic event. Eminent military historian Ambrose draws on previously unavailable government documents and more than 1,200 new interviews to tell the tale.

Tony Hall

Analyses and descriptions of the Allied actions on the French beaches. Includes maps, charts, illustrations of equipment and documents as well as a forward by Winston Churchill.

Carlo D'Este

"A splendid and unsparing review of the Normandy campaign from the planning stages to the break out at the Falaise Gap."

Heinz Guderian

This compilation of in-depth accounts by German commanders gives a fuller understanding of the battle for Normandy.

Gunther Blumentritt

These accounts by German commanders were written shortly after the end of the war for American intelligence. Includes the planning stages, reactions to reports of troops landing, and a blow-by-blow account of the fighting.

Roger Fleetwood Hesketh
Behind the astonishing success of D-Day was the most sophisticated deception scheme ever devised. Its code name was Fortitude, and its objective was to persuade the enemy that the long-awaited landings would take place in the Pas-de-Calais, and that any attack in Normandy would be nothing more than a diversionary feint that could be safely ignored.
Gerald Astor
"No other chronicle of D-Day can match Gerald Astor's extraordinary work--a vivid first-person account told with stunning immediacy by the men who were there. From soldiers who waded through the bullet-riddled water to those who dropped behind enemy lines, from moments of terror and confusion to acts of incredible camaraderie and heroism, June 6, 1944 plunges us into history in the making--and the most pivotal battle ever waged."
Joseph Balkoski
"Omaha Beach witnessed the greatest drama and loss of life on D-Day. Across a four-and-a-half-mile front consisting of sand, stones, and cliffs, largely untested American troops assaulted Germany's Atlantic Wall head-on, encountering fierce resistance but eventually securing the beachhead."
Max Hastings

Details problems that the Allied troops encountered, particularly the inexperienced American units, and the key role played by British commanders. Describes battles that played out immediately following D-Day. The author also interviewed German soldiers to get their perspective on the fighting.

Stephen E. Ambrose

Pegasus Bridge was the first engagement of D-Day. The allies knew that the bridges over the Orne River and the adjacent canal were the key to D-Day and so did the Germans. This is the story of Major John Howard and the 181 troops under his command. It was their task to seize Pegasus Bridge.

John Keegan

The man "who writes about the war better than almost anyone in our century" (The Washington Post Book World) here details how the armies of six nations met on the battlefields of Normandy in what was to be the greatest allied achievement of World War II.

Alex Kershaw

No American town suffered such a great one-day loss in World War II as Bedford, Virginia, which saw 21 of its young men perish on the beaches of Normandy. This is the poignant story of these soldiers and the small town they called home.

John A. English

"Honest reappraisal of the Canadian experience in Normandy. Special focus on the struggle to close the Falaise Gap. Relies on archival records, including Bernard Montgomery's personal correspondence. John A. English presents a detailed examination of the role of the Canadian Army in Normandy from the D-Day landings in June 1944 though the closing of the Falaise Gap in August."

David G. Chandler

Written to commemorate the 50th anniversary of D-Day, this encyclopedia has alphabetized entries, maps, charts, and photos. A main selection of the Military Book of the Month Club.

Samuel W. Mitchum

The story of the Normandy Invasion from the point of view of the Desert Fox, Field Marshal Erwin Rommel.

Will Irwin

"The story of the Special Forces in World War II has never fully been told before. Information about them began to be declassified only in the 1980s. Known as the Jedburghs, these Special Forces were selected from members of the British, American, and Free French armies to be dropped in teams of three deep behind German lines. There, in preparation for D-Day, they carried out what we now know as unconventional warfare: supporting the French Resistance in guerrilla attacks, supply-route disruption, and the harassment and obstruction of German reinforcements. Always, they operated against extraordinary odds. They had to be prepared to survive pitched battles with German troops and Gestapo manhunts for weeks and months while awaiting the arrival of Allied ground forces. They were, in short, heroes."