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by Stephen E. Ambrose

The author of Eisenhower chronicles the events, politics, and personalities of this pivotal day in World War II, shedding light on the strategies of commanders on both sides and the ramifications of the battle. 100,000 first printing. BOMC & History Main. Reader's Digest Cond Bks.
Download D-Day June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II epub
ISBN: 0671673343
ISBN13: 978-0671673345
Category: History
Subcategory: Americas
Author: Stephen E. Ambrose
Language: English
Publisher: Simon & Schuster (June 6, 1994)
Pages: 656 pages
ePUB size: 1719 kb
FB2 size: 1288 kb
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 410
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This book is essentially a collection of many short stories based on individual interviews. The individuals range from generals of the very top in Allies and Axis, to middle leaders in the action, and all the way to privates on the ground on both sides. It is an amazing telling of details about D-Day from its planning, preparation to execution on land, at sea, under water, and in the air. You get to read about very personal perspectives that are usually invisible in historical event of such astronomical scale. Through that, I found myself get to know not only the personality, but character of the people of that generation. It is a very inspiring experience.

There are also many dramatic moments that makes you wonder differently how the world actually operates. For example, a young French girl was running for safety in the midst of Allies naval shelling, where only a few miles away at the beach, a young American soldier who was struggling to get through the killing zone would meet her and eventually became her future husband. Another example, a few Korean in German uniform were captured by American paratroopers in Normandy battle. Why would they be there? It turned out these young men were drafted into war by Japanese to fight Russians; captured by Russians to fight Germany in Eastern front; captured again by Germans to fight Americans in the Normandy. It was an incredible story of survival and fate by itself to research on separately.

Also discussed are innovation such as various landing crafts by Higgins, special wedge for Sherman tanks to break out of Normandy hedgerows, and interesting British invention of obstacle clearing vehicles and DD tanks, etc.. And if you like strategies, there are many intriguing stories on how each side trying to fool each other for the best advantage.

I picked the slightly more expensive version with photos, and found it well worth it. The photos add to more vivid impression of what is described in the context. Photos look better though on a larger tablet. Overall, this is a book I am so glad that I have come across.
I first read this book 20 years ago when it first came out. It gripped me to the core. I would read 100 pages a day and not want to put it down. It gripped me the same now as it did then. This is an amazingly detailed view of the Allied buildup, training, crossing, and landing on the Normandy beaches. The detail of the Omaha Beach landings is the most prevalent part of the book, told from the perspective of the grunts who did the fighting. This is definitely focused on Omhah Beach, but there is plenty of good information on the other four beaches as well as the Airborne operations. Excellent reading. Put this in your library, you will not be disappointed.
I've read several of Mr. Ambrose's books and they do what popular history needs to do in the best way possible. Without being didactic or overly academic and detailed, Mr. Ambrose conveys both the strategic and tactical objectives sought on D-Day, peppered throughout with excerpts from oral histories of those who were there to keep the reader involved on several levels.

As a war history buff, I bounce between scholarly works and popular takes on any given subject in order to gain an overall narrative into which the deeper studies can then be fitted. I think Stephen Ambrose is an excellent source for such narratives, and this one I went through quickly and with great enthusiasm.

Having visited Normandy just a month ago, it was a particular joy to actually be able to put place names in the book to those villages, bridges, and beaches I had visited.

Well worth the time!
I work for the airlines so was able to hop on a flight to Paris, drive four hours to Normandy all with Ambrose's book in tow. Started at Utah Beach and worked my way down the coast. His book was my bible and brought everything to life. Accurate to a "T." It brought that harrowing invasion to a new found realization. A 'must read' for anyone who ever plans to go there. His stories, coupled with historic markers, museums and displays made an indelible and lasting memory of a trip of a lifetime. What a memorial to those who were there, and a reminder to those of us living.
I have read many reviews from other readers that complain about the story jumping around, not enough German perspective.
There were so many people involved and quoted, the story can at times be confusing. By slowing down a bit it reads just fine.
I think there is plenty of German inclusion, keep in mind this book is absolutely written from the American and British perspective.
If Ambrose were German I would expect otherwise.
I learned a tremendous amount of info reading this book giving me a different perspective of the politics and decision making process to go.
It is a long book (583 pages); however, it's worth the effort. I read it in preparation for a trip to Normandy in the fall. Generally, I'm aware of what happened on D day; however, I was unaware of the details. This book filled in all the gaps. It gives a good description of everything from Utah Beach on the right flank to Sword beach on the left.

As with his other books, Ambrose provides a good description of the big picture, I.e., the strategic view as well as what is going on at the foxhole level. This book helps the reader get at least a hint of what was going on during that momentous day. We sometimes lose sight of the fact that events like this are made up of the thousands of actions of individuals. The author helps us see that and see how it all fits together.

For anyone who truly wants to understand what happened on D day, there is no better source than this book!