World War II

The Desert Fox in Normandy: Rommel's Defense of Fortress Europe

By Samuel W. Mitchum

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

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The D-Day Encyclopedia

By David G. Chandler

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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.

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The Bedford Boys: One American Town's Ultimate D-Day Sacrifice

By Alex Kershaw

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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.

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Six Armies in Normandy: From D-Day to the Liberation of Paris, June 6th-August 25th, 1944

By John Keegan

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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.

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Pegasus Bridge: June 6, 1944

By Stephen E. Ambrose

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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.

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Overlord: D-Day and the Battle for Normandy

By Max Hastings

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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.

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Omaha Beach: D-Day, June 6, 1944

By Joseph Balkoski

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"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."
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June 6, 1944: The Voices of D-Day

By Gerald Astor

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"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."
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Fortitude: The D-Day Deception Campaign

By Roger Fleetwood Hesketh

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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.
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Fighting the Invasion: The German Army at D-Day

By Gunther Blumentritt

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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.

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