D-Day: By Those Who Were There (Paperback)
Drawing upon a new international archive of the Second World War, the support of veterans world-wide and from archives overseas, the author uses previously unpublished letters, diaries, photographs and reminiscences to tell the story of D Day in a way which brings the reader closer to the actual experience. from an aerial, naval and land perspective the events of D Day are captured superbly in wartime contemporary and retrospective documentation.
Each of the beaches is fully represented. American, Canadian and British testimony is supported by new, compelling, German material. Appropriately the RAF and Merchant Navy experience appear as do the contemporary and retrospective reactions of women Ã”in the knowÃ• and those whom knew from Ã”unofficial sourcesÃ• of the immediate imminence of the assault.
The reader will share in each stage of the day from the experience of paratroops and glider-borne troops to crossing the Channel by sea and at the landings on each beach. The book is profusely illustrated with previously unpublished photographs ad facsimile documentation and provides a treasure-trove of evidence on the 60th anniversary of 6th June 1944.
The author, Peter Liddle, is the Director of the Second World War Experience Centre in Horsforth, Leeds. He is the author or author/editor of nineteen books on the First and Second World Wars, has lectured widely abroad and, having created the internationally renowned Liddle Collection of the First World War materials at the University of Leeds, was one of a body of visionaries who created its natural sequel, a charitable institution, an archive specifically dedicated to the Second World War. This archive now documents the wartime lives of five thousand people, men and women not just from Britain but from the United States, all the Commonwealth Countries, from the countries of Occupied Europe and from Germany and Italy.