Dawn of D-Day (Kindle)
These Men Were There, 6 June 1944
In Dawn of D-Day David Howarth weaves together the testimony of hundreds of eye-witnesses and has produced a breath-taking and atmospheric account of the greatest amphibious landing ever attempted.
Based on interviews with survivors and accounts by participants, including America paratroopers, British engineers, French civilians and German soldiers, this enthralling story brings all the drama of 6th June 1944 to life. David Howarth looks not only at the famous incidents but at the full range of D-Day experiences, relating the running battles between parachutists and Germans in the Norman countryside, the torment of being under fire for the first time, the agony on the invasion beaches, the shock of the German defenders and all the confusion, elation and horror of battle.
Dawn of D-Day is superb history from the mouths and pens of the men who fought on that first day of the battle for Normandy.
For any wargamers out there, this book will provide much inspiration for planning any scenarios based on any aspect of the D-Day landings. Definitely worth a read on many levels!Colonel Mustard Blog
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Dawn of D-Day was originally published in 1959, and this new edition has a forward by the author's son. The narrative was constructed from the accounts of the men who were there and is related in the third person, rather than directly quoting the participants. Personally, I prefer the latter approach in books of this kind, but it was written nearly sixty years ago and will still be viewed by many as a component part of Second World War literature.Paul Nixon
The New York Times reports that the book is magnificently stirring, whilst the Sunday Times says that "In no other book is the atmosphere of those days so vividly and truly portrayed". I'd take issue with that second quote as I think Max Hastings' Overlord probably does more vividly portray the events on 6th June 1944. Mind you, Overlord was published in 1983 and it could be that The ST quote dates to the 1950s.