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D-Day: The First 24 Hours gives a dedicated chapter to the airborne and glider landings which preceded the main assault, before describing each of the individual beach landings in turn, from west to east.
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With first-hand accounts from both sides, vivid photographs and specially commissioned maps of the landing areas and combat zones, this book is a comprehensive examination of the first 24 hours of the liberation of Europe. - Nearly 7,000 ships landed over 132,000 US, British and Canadian troops on the beaches of Normandy on 6 June 1944 and, had the landing failed, the course of the war would have been altered. - This book gives the dramatic history of the first 24 hours of the Normandy landings and explains in detail the events that occurred in each landing zone. - It starts with an overview of the preparations for the landings and the disposition of German forces around Normandy, then gives a dedicated chapter to the airborne and glider landings which preceded the main assault and each of the individual beach landings. - Includes first-hand accounts of combat on the Normandy beaches. - Detailed timelines give a breakdown of events on each of the five beaches codenamed Utah and Omaha for the US beaches and Gold, Juno and Sword for the British and Canadian. - Specially commissioned maps show the areas of operation and movement of forces.About the Author:
(Location: Hampshire) has worked in journalism and publishing since 1972, specializing in military history. He was Army editor of the British magazine Defence from 1983-90 and has written over 15 books including Eastern Front: The Unpublished Photographs. He served with the 7th Armoured Brigade in the Gulf War.
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Book Description Spellmount Publishers Ltd, 2003. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M186227214X