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Operation Neptune (Hardback)

Naval Operations for the Normandy Landings 1944

Maritime WWII > Battles & Campaigns > D-Day & Normandy

By B B Schofield
Imprint: Pen & Sword Maritime
Pages: 176
Illustrations: 24pp B&W Photos
ISBN: 9781844156627
Published: 17th January 2008
Last Released: 7th April 2008


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Operation NEPTUNE was the codeword for the naval side of the OVERLORD plan for the historic June 1944 landings in Normandy. Massive in its scale, its tasks were wide-ranging and varied, from beach reconnaissance, minesweeping, shore bombardment as well as the organisation of loading, assembly and disembarkation; it was also responsible for positioning two 'Mulberry' artificial harbours and 'Pluto': the laying of the cross-channel fuel pipeline under the sea. Operation NEPTUNE may not have been a naval battle in the traditional sense, but it ranks as one of the greatest naval exploits in history. In this timeless book, Vice Admiral Schofield describes the great events of June 1944 which, as Captain of HMS Dryad, the Royal Naval shore establishment which housed General Dwight Eisenhower's Supreme Allied Headquarters before the landing, he witnessed at first hand.

"...it is excellent to see that this fine book has been re-published for the benefit of contemporary naval officers and all those seeking to understand naval operations."

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Australian Naval Institute

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quite simply tells you everything there is to know

Britain at War - October 2008

The book has over the years been an essential item in any bibliography relating to the D Day landings...a fascinating account ....

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About B B Schofield

Vice Admiral B.B. Schofield had a distinguished naval career serving in both World Wars. He was closely involved in the planning of naval operations for D-Day and his insider view is told in Operation NEPTUNE (republished by Pen and Sword Maritime in 2008). He died in 1984. His daughter Victoria Schofield, the leading biographer and author, lives in West London.

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