D-Day June 6, 1944 by Stephen E. Ambrose
The Climactic Battle of World War 2

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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.
 

About Stephen E. Ambrose

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Dr. Stephen Ambrose was a renowned historian and acclaimed author of more than thirty books. Among his New York Times bestsellers are Nothing Like It in the World, Citizen Soldiers, Band of Brothers, D-Day - June 6, 1944, and Undaunted Courage. Dr. Ambrose was a retired Boyd Professor of History at the University of New Orleans and a contributing editor for the Quarterly Journal of Military History. He also participated in numerous national television programs, including shows appearing on the History Channel and National Geographic.
 
Published April 23, 2013 by Simon & Schuster. 656 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War, Professional & Technical, Self Help, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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But most memorable in the account are the tales of individual heroism, from the 16-year-old French girl who, with a group of companions, paralyzed the German Second Panzer Division by removing the axle grease from its transporters and substituting an abrasive, to the Canadian soldier who threw hi...

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Using eyewitness accounts from both sides of the battlefield, Ambrose reconstructs the invasion that turned the tables of WWII in favor of the allies.

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Ambrose's account of the D-Day fighting on the Normandy beaches and bluffs is unsurpassed for detail, emotion and suspense. Quoting liberally from the recollections of participants, he reveals how the

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Both Ambrose and Bowden have been in the news lately, Ambrose for allegations of plagiarism and Bowden as the author of the now screen-adapted Black Hawk Down.

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Book Reporter

In the day or so following the successful beach landings in Normandy, among the first items the Allied troops delivered to the beaches were office supplies!

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The Independent

To be sure, Ambrose includes much of human interest, drawing on the unique collection of 1,400 oral history tapes that his Eisenhower Center in New Orleans has accumulated from veterans, particularly American, but also British, Canadian and German.

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USA Today

An anatomy of the planning and execution of the invasion, this book is written by someone so intimate with his subject that it often feels like he's speaking to a rapt audience of students on the Normandy beaches. There are no photographs in Gilbert's book, but there are 27 superb maps.

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Voices of Valor: D-Day June 6, 1944 includes two audio CDs of D-Day participants' accounts introduced by Douglas Brinkley.

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Oconee Regional Library

The words of Lt. Colonel John McCrae from World War I still echo in their truth: In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place;

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