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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

D-Day Remembered

I wanted to take a minute today to remember that on this day in 1944, the Normandy Landings, commonly referred to as D-Day took place.  Many gave their lives on this day, 4,414 on the Allied side alone.  I want to remember those that give their lives and thank those who served there.

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Cemetery at Omaha Beach
Photo via
Visual Hunt

In doing so, I would like to share a couple of non-fiction books out there (and there are MANY) that are highly rated on Goodreads that you might find interesting to explore this historical event at greater length.

The Fighting First: The Untold Story of the Big Red One on D-Day by Flint Whitlock

fighting firstThe Fighting First recounts the untold story of the 1st Infantry Division’s role in the invasion of France at Normandy. Using primary sources, official records, interviews, and unpublished memoirs by the veterans themselves, Flint Whitlock has crafted a riveting, gut-wrenching, personal story of courage under fire. Operation Overlord—the Allied invasion of Normandy on 6 June 1944—was the most important battle of World War II, and Omaha Beach was the hottest spot in the entire operation. Leading the amphibious assault on the “Easy Red” and “Fox Green” sectors of Omaha Beach was the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division—“The Big Red One”—a tough, swaggering outfit with a fine battle record. The saga of the Big Red One, however, did not end with the storming of the beachhead, but continued across France, Belgium, and into Germany itself, where the division fought in the battles for Aachen, the Huertgen Forest, and the Battle of the Bulge. The Fighting First is an inspiring, graphic, and often heart-breaking story of young American soldiers performing their missions with spirit, humor, and determination.

D-Day, June 6, 1944; The Climactic Battle of World War II by Stephen E. Ambrose

ddayIt is the young men born into the false prosperity of the 1920s and brought up in the bitter realities of the Depression of the 1930s that this book is about. The literature they read as youngsters was anti-war and cynical, portraying patriots as suckers, slackers and heroes. None of them wanted to be part of another war. They wanted to be throwing baseballs, not handgrenades; shooting .22s at rabbits, not M-1s at other young men. But when the test came, when freedom had to be fought for or abandoned, they fought (from the Prologue).


Overlord: D-Day and the Battle for Normandy by Max Hastings

overlordOn June 6, 1944, American and British troops staged the greatest amphibious landing in history to begin Operation Overlord, the battle to liberate Europe from the scourge of the Third Reich. With gut-wrenching realism and immediacy, Hastings reveals the terrible human cost that this battle exacted.
Moving beyond just the storming of Omaha beach and D-Day, he explores the Allies’ push inward, with many British and American infantry units suffering near 100 percent casualties during the course of that awful summer. Far from a gauzy romanticized remembrance, Hastings details a grueling ten week battle to overpower the superbly trained, geographically entrenched German Wehrmacht. Uncompromising and powerful in its depiction of wartime, this is the definitive book on D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.



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1 comment:

  1. Good post, your article is really nice, love it!

    NREC

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