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by Gerald Astor

More than seventy personal accounts and twenty-four pages of photographs of the Normandy Invasion redefine World War II's most astounding operation
Download June 6, 1944: The Voices of D-Day epub
ISBN: 0312110146
ISBN13: 978-0312110147
Category: History
Subcategory: Military
Author: Gerald Astor
Language: English
Publisher: St Martins Pr; 1st edition (June 1, 1994)
Pages: 370 pages
ePUB size: 1960 kb
FB2 size: 1712 kb
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 622
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This is certainly a long book at over 400 pages, but it is worth the read. I have read Ambrose and Ryan's books about the longest day, but Astor shows what it was like by those who experienced it. I also like Astor's portrayal of the soldiers and his honesty. He relates how some soldiers did not want to make POWs of the Germans, and how officers reiterated that the Geneva Converntion would be honored. There is a contradiction here, as in most wars. I appreciated him placing that in this book.

I enjoyed the many stories these soldiers relayed in the 400 pages. War is not pretty, and Astor depicts how American and English soldiers viewed it in all its horror. Men being blown apart and suffering all sorts of injuries. This was true horror.

This is a good read about this important date and the cost of liberty. This is the Longest Day by those who experienced it.
You will be at the front lines listening to the truth of a necessary war. You will understand how a war is won by which set of generals are the least incompetant. Our generals were incompetant, but our soldiers courageous and that won the war. Reading this is vital, and I have purchased all the other Gerald Astor books that I could find.
Well written - it wasn't just a historical account of D-Day, it was written through the memories of the men who were there and what they experienced. I enjoyed the way the author took the lives prior to D-Day and showed how from all over the world, they ended up together.
Great historical reading.
Good read for any WWII buff, on time delivery at a great price. This series is a great library to start with. Great Price.
Enjoyed It!
I found this book to be of great interest, it was good to read about different peoples expériences and what they witnessed at that time. There is no doubt about it, all those who took part in the D Day landings were extremly brave, and sadly so Young.
If you saw Saving Private Ryan and wondered at the authenticity of Spielberg's account, this is an excellent reference. Astor's method is as much journalism as history, relying heavily on first person narrative to tell the story, providing enough background and tactical description to make the overall account into a cohesive narrative. This is an important, moving work. Astor takes the time to start with the pre-war days with the personal lives of the soldiers from infantry and airborne divisions who would eventually form part of the initial assault wave in Normandy on June 6, 1944. The soldiers who formed the 116th Infantry Regiment, the first assault force on Omaha Beach, were from small mid-Atlantic towns such as Bedford, Virginia, regular guys with small town hopes and dreams - who were fed into slaughter and chaos. Astor's work is powerful and poignant because we are made to realize that these men were, as Ambrose coined the phrase, citizen soldiers. The troops were largely untested (more than 85% of the American participants in the Normandy invasion had never seen combat), but trained in depth and willing in heart to perform their duty - whatever hell lay ahead. The price of the invasion was steep - but the reward was even greater. There is no sentimentality or Hollywood melodrama here - just a clear, unflinching portrait of ordinary Americans exhibiting valor in awesome circumstances, American citizens paying the price for freedom. These men proved that Americans are the true descendants of the Greeks of the age of Marathon.
This is one of the best books I've ever ready on D-Day as it simply, yet engagingly lays out personal memoir after personal memoir from Soldiers, Sailors, Paratroopers, Marines and Rangers who were there. I love the approach Astor takes and how he strings each account together into one well organized and riveting account of Operation Overlord. I found it simple to read and not heavy-laden with military terminology. The build up he gives to each of these guys lives before the war was excellent as it really helped me put faces and families to the men who crossed that channel 68 years ago. Excellent read, highly recommended.