D-Day, June 6, 1944

D-Day, June 6, 1944

The Climactic Battle of World War II

Book - 1995
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Stephen E. Ambrose's D-Day is the definitive history of World War II's most pivotal battle, a day that changed the course of history.

D-Day is the epic story of men at the most demanding moment of their lives, when the horrors, complexities, and triumphs of life are laid bare. Distinguished historian Stephen E. Ambrose portrays the faces of courage and heroism, fear and determination--what Eisenhower called "the fury of an aroused democracy"--that shaped the victory of the citizen soldiers whom Hitler had disparaged.Drawing on more than 1,400 interviews with American, British, Canadian, French, and German veterans, Ambrose reveals how the original plans for the invasion had to be abandoned, and how enlisted men and junior officers acted on their own initiative when they realized that nothing was as they were told it would be.

The action begins at midnight, June 5/6, when the first British and American airborne troops jumped into France. It ends at midnight June 6/7. Focusing on those pivotal twenty-four hours, it moves from the level of Supreme Commander to that of a French child, from General Omar Bradley to an American paratrooper, from Field Marshal Montgomery to a German sergeant.

Ambrose's D-Day is the finest account of one of our history's most important days.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Simon & Schuster, 1995, c1994
Edition: 1st Touchstone ed. --
ISBN: 9780684801377
Branch Call Number: 940.542142 Amb
Characteristics: 655 p., [32] p. of plates : ill. ; 18 cm


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Aug 26, 2016

Stephen Ambrose is my favorite WWII authors. Most of his books seen well researched and based on personal narratives. It's not a book for the grand strategic vision of the Normandy Campaign, but it is a great book for first person narratives. Thought it was a great read.

Apr 30, 2012

An excellent book by one of my favourite writers. Ambrose, an American, does pay much of his attention to the American efforts on D-Day, but gives enough due to the British and Canadian landings as well. His style of writing is perfectly suited to the subject, and his attention to detail is ideal. Highly recommended.

KEVIN DOWD Aug 11, 2011

Clasic story with lots of annecdotes.

easy to read

Apr 24, 2010

Once again a book by an American about D-Day where the Canadians and British are relegated to the role of extras. Despite the fact that Canada had the second toughest beach and extended the furthest inland from the beaches... The Brits get even less coverage than the Canadians if that is possible. It is very much a propaganda effort, but still well written.

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