D-Day by Dan van der Vat
The Greatest Invasion - A People's History

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It was the greatest invasion of all time. Early on the morning of June 6, 1944, thousands of Allied soldiers landed on the beaches of Normandy-not only streaming from the sea but also sweeping in from the air-and launched a massive assault on Nazi-occupied France. In sixteen unforgettable hours, these heroic men succeeded in breaching the Third Reich's impregnable defenses, leading the way to the liberation of Europe.

As the sixtieth anniversary approaches, those who remember that epic invasion are rapidly dwindling in number. Now, their gripping eyewitness accounts-most of them never before published-are woven into an authoritative new look at that unforgettable "longest day" by distinguished military historian Dan van der Vat. This book captures and preserves for a new generation all the human drama and heroism that marked D-Day. Richly illustrated with hundreds of historical photographs-many from private photo albums-as well as personal artifacts, dramatic paintings by the many war artists on the scene, and modern color photographs, this is the definitive history of one of the most important dates of the twentieth century.

About Dan van der Vat

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Dan van der Vat is a noted historian and expert on modern warfare, as well as the author of Pearl Harbor: The Day of Infamy-An Illustrated History. He lives in London.John S.D. Eisenhower is the son of Dwight D. Eisenhower and a retired Brigadier General in the US Army. A distinguished historian, he is the author of Agent of Destiny, So Far From God, A Bitter Wood, Yanks: The Epic Story of the American Army in World War I and General Ike, which will be published in June 2003. He lives in Trappe, Maryland.
Published January 1, 2003 by Bloomsbury. 176 pages
Genres: History, War. Non-fiction

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The D-Day Companion edited by Jane Penrose 288pp, Osprey, £20 D-Day: The Greatest Invasion - A People's History by Dan van der Vat 126pp, Bloomsbury, £20 The D-Day Atlas: Anatomy of the Normandy Campaign by Charles Messenger 176pp, Thames & Hudson, £22.50 D-Day to Berlin by Andre...

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This fluently written and lavishly illustrated volume on the Normandy invasion and campaign covers ground that will be familiar to many readers, but offers many details (such as the different weather requirements of different services) that some longer books slide over.

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