The D-Day Atlas by Charles Messenger
Anatomy of the Normandy Campaign

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An hour-by-hour re-creation of the D-Day invasion and its aftermath, told through new and highly detailed computer-generated maps, explanatory texts, and contemporary photographs.

June 2004 marks the sixtieth anniversary of the largest amphibious military operation in history. D-Day was the culmination of four years of planning and preparation, which had begun in summer 1940 when Britain stood alone and under imminent threat of a German cross-Channel invasion. This groundbreaking study of D-Day and the subsequent campaign charts the gradual evolution of the invasion plan, encompassing the intelligence efforts, the Anglo-U.S. strategic debate over where the Allies should attack, and the elaborate deception put in place to fool the Germans about the true D-Day objective. The buildup culminates in an hour-by-hour and day-by-day account of the landings by air and by sea on the beaches of NormandyUtah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Swordand the subsequent grim struggle for six weeks to break through the German defenses. At the center of this fascinating re-creation of the D-Day invasion are 70 maps in full color, which incorporate the latest computer technology. Many are in fact based on the same maps used by the Allies in 1944. Detailed drawings and 80 photographs, both modern and contemporary to the period, help bring the beaches of Normandy to life. The book also includes contributions by French and German historians. Featuring: Splendid full-color maps with detailed explanatory captions Section introductions with comprehensive examinations of how, when, where, why, and who An authoritative text by a noted military historian 175 illustrations, 70 in color

About Charles Messenger

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Field Marshal Paul von Hindenburg, the son of Prussian aristocrats, was educated at the Wahlstatt and Berlin cadet schools, before joining the army in 1865. He fought in the Battle of Koniggratz and in the Franco-Prussian War, and was promoted to the rank of General. Von Hindenburg retired from the army in 1911, but returned to service at the outbreak of the First World War.
Published April 1, 2004 by Thames & Hudson. 176 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Travel, 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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The D-Day Companion edited by Jane Penrose, Osprey £20, pp288 D-Day by Martin Gilbert, Wiley £13.99, pp220D-Day: The First 72 Hours by William Buckingham, Tempus, pp312The D-Day Atlas by Charles Messenger, Thames and Hudson £22.50, pp176The Bedford Boys by Alex Kershaw, Pocket Books £7.99, pp300T...

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A veteran of Britain's Royal Tank Regiment and Territorial Army, historian and defense analyst Messenger (The Second World War in the West ) is the author of more than 30 books and has written and directed three BBC Worldwide television series.

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Military historian Messenger served 20 years in the British military and has written extensively on World War I and World War II history. His vastly illustrated narrative of project Overlord opens with a new introduction, and follows with the planning and preparation that led up to D-day. It desc...

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