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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, ©1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
On the basis of 1,400 oral histories from the men who were there, Eisenhower biographer and World War II historian Stephen E. Ambrose reveals for the first time anywhere that the intricate plan for the invasion of France in June 1944, had to be abandoned before the first shot was fired. The true story of D-Day, as Ambrose relates it, is about the citizen soldiers - junior officers and enlisted men - taking the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Military history
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Ambrose, Stephen E.
D-Day, June 6, 1944.
New York : Simon & Schuster, ©1994
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen E Ambrose
ISBN: 0671884034 9780671884031 0671673343 9780671673345 0671713590 9780671713591 9780684801377 068480137X 9781417647057 1417647051
OCLC Number: 29357128
Notes: "Appendix A: Veterans who contributed oral histories or written memoirs to the Eisenhower Center as of August 13, 1993": pages 617-632.
Description: 655 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: The defenders --
The attackers --
The commanders --
Where and when? --
Utilizing assets --
Planning and preparing --
Training --
Marshaling and briefing --
Loading --
Decision to go --
Cracking the Atlantic wall : the airborne into Normandy --
"Let's get those bastards" : the airborne night attack --
"The greatest show ever staged" : the air bombardment --
A long, endless column of ships : the naval crossing and bombardment --
"We'll start the war from right here" : the 4th Division at Utah Beach --
"Nous Restons Ici" : the airborne in the Cotentin --
Visitors to hell : the 116th Regiment at Omaha --
Utter chaos reigned : the 16th Regiment at Omaha --
Traffic jam : tanks, artillery, and engineers at Omaha --
"I am a destroyer man" : the Navy at Omaha Beach --
"Will you tell me how we did this?" : the 2nd Ranger Battalion on D-Day morning --
Up the bluff at Vierville : the 116th Regiment and 5th Ranger Battalion --
Catastrophe contained : easy red sector, Omaha Beach --
Struggle for the high ground : Vierville, St.-Laurent, and Colleville --
"It was just fantastic" : afternoon on Omaha Beach --
The world holds its breath : D-Day on the home fronts --
"Fairly stuffed with gadgets" : the British opening moves --
"Everything was well ordered" : the 50th Division at Gold Beach --
Payback : the Canadians at Juno Beach --
"An unforgettable sight" : the British at Sword Beach --
"My God, we've done it" : the British Airborne on D-Day --
"When can their glory fade?" : the end of the day --
Responsibility: Stephen E. Ambrose.


Beginning at midnight, 5-6 June 1944, when the first British and American airborne troops penetrated France, this book draws on more than 500 interviews and oral histories, looking at the individuals  Read more...
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Thomas B. Buell Chicago Tribune Historians and public alike should be profoundly grateful to Ambrose...for assembling this comprehensive and permanent record that will be forever a resource for Read more...

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