After bouncing all night in cold, cramped steel boats, then waiting all day in broiling heat, the men of the Allied Expeditionary Force got the word: shortly after sundown, they would finally be getting off their floating, seasick prisons. All they had to do then was run straight into machine gun fire, smash the Nazi army, and liberate Europe.
On June 6, 1944, about 100,000 American, British, and Canadian soldiers climbed out of the water at high tide and landed in German-occupied France. Hundreds were cut down before they even touched the sand; thousands more were hit crossing the beach. Nearly everyone, especially the Americans, landed in the wrong place, far from their commanders, their support, and their buddies. But the ones who weren't killed, and even some who were wounded, pressed on into the teeth of murderous fire from defenses the Germans had been building for four entire years.
By 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.
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.
This compilation of in-depth accounts by German commanders gives a fuller understanding of the battle for Normandy.
"A splendid and unsparing review of the Normandy campaign from the planning stages to the break out at the Falaise Gap."
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.
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.
Describes the movements of the 29th infantry division during and after the Normandy invasion.
Through soldiers' journals and letters, describes Easy Company's contributions to the campaigns in western Europe and recounts their stories of survival.
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.