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D-Day, June 6, 1944 : the climactic battle of World War II

Author: Stephen E Ambrose
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Touchstone edView all editions and formats
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Reveals the intricate plan for the invasion of France in June 1944, based on 1400 oral histories from the men who were there.
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Genre/Form: Military history
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen E Ambrose
ISBN: 068480137X 9780684801377 0671673343 9780671673345
OCLC Number: 32846817
Notes: "Appendix A: Veterans who contributed oral histories or written memoirs to the Eisenhower Center as of August 13, 1993"--Page 617-632.
"A Touchstone Book."
Originally published: 1994.
Description: 655 pages, [32] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. The defenders --
2. The attackers --
3. The commanders --
4. Where and when? --
5. Utilizing assets --
6. Planning and preparing --
7. Training --
8. Marshaling and briefing --
9. Loading --
10. Decision to go --
11. Cracking the Atlantic wall : the airborne into Normandy --
12. "Let's get those bastards" : the airborne night attack --
13. "The greatest show ever staged" : the air bombardment --
14. A long, endless column of ships : the naval crossing and bombardment --
15. "We'll start the war from right here" : the 4th Division at Utah Beach --
16. "Nous Restons Ici" : the airborne in the Cotentin --
17. Visitors to hell : the 116th Regiment at Omaha --
18. Utter chaos reigned : the 16th Regiment at Omaha --
19. Traffic jam : tanks, artillery, and engineers at Omaha --
20. "I am a destroyer man" : the Navy at Omaha beach --
21. "Will you tell me how we did this?" : the 2nd Ranger Battalion on D-Day morning --
22. Up the bluff at Vierville : the 116th Regiment and 5th Ranger Battalion --
23. Catastrophe contained : easy red sector, Omaha Beach --
24. Struggle for the high ground : Vierville, St.-Laurent, and Coleville --
25. "It was just fantastic" : afternoon on Omaha Beach --
26. The world holds its breath : D-Day on the home fronts --
27. "Fairly stuffed with gadgets" : the British opening moves --
28. "Everything was well ordered" : the 50th Division at Gold Beach --
29. Payback : the Canadians at Juno Beach --
30. "An unforgettable sight" : the British at Sword Beach --
31. "My God, we've done it" : the British Airborne on D-Day --
32. "When can their glory fade?" : the end of the day --
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Responsibility: Stephen E. Ambrose.

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Chronicles the events, politics, and personalities of this pivotal day in World War II, shedding light on the strategies of commanders on both sides and the ramifications of the battle.  Read more...

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