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The D-Day Landings (Hardback)

WWII D-Day & Normandy

By Philip Warner
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 312
ISBN: 9781844151097
Published: 30th May 2004
Last Released: 1st August 2007

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Operation OVERLORD June 1944 was the greatest seaborne invasion, indeed the greatest military endeavour, of all time. Though eventually a brilliant victory, the D-Day Landings came close to being the greatest military history disaster. This is a unique collection of letters and accounts from all ranks and regiments, and it champions the ordinary men who made it possible.

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About Philip Warner

Philip Warner (1914-2000) enlisted in the Royal Corps of Signals after graduating from St Catherine's, Cambridge in 1939. He fought in Malaya and spent 1,100 days as 'a guest of the Emperor' in Changi and on the Railway of Death, an experience he never discussed. He was a legendary figure to generations of cadets during his thirty years as a Senior Lecturer at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. Yet he will arguably be best remembered for his contribution of more than 2,000 obituaries of prominent army figures to The Daily Telegraph.

D-day Invasion

6th June 1944

The long-awaited Anglo-American invasion of Nazi Europe begins just after midnight on June 6, 1944, as the first wave of U.S., British, and Canadian paratroopers plunge into the darkness over Normandy. It was the largest combined sea, air, and land military operation in history, with the participation of 3 million men, 13,000 aircraft, and 6,000 ships. At daybreak, a heavy bombardment of the French coast ended as 135,000 Allied troops stormed ashore at five landing sites. Despite the formidable German coastal defenses, beachheads were achieved at all five locations.


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This is the first volume of a most impressive tribute and comprehensive five part work that includes a multitude of personal military and civilian accounts of every aspect of air, land, paratroop and seaborne operations on D-Day, 6th June. At fifteen minutes after midnight on 6 June 1944 'Operation Overlord', the Allied invasion of Hitler's Festung Europe, became reality. Almost exactly four years earlier the British Expeditionary Force had been forced to retreat to Dunkirk in the face of the German Blitzkrieg. D-Day was the climax of almost two years' planning. Had it not been for stormy weather…

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