A ground-breaking gripping account of the first 24 hours of the D-Day invasion told by a symphony of incredible accounts of unknown and unheralded members of the Allied and Axis forces by one of the worlds most lively historians.Seventy-five years have passed since D-Day, the greatest seaborne invasion in history. The outcome of the Second World War hung in the balance on that chilly June morning. If Allied forces succeeded in gaining a foothold in northern France, the road to victory would be open. But if the Allies could be driven back into the sea, the invasion would be stalled for years, perhaps forever. An epic battle that involved 156,000 men, 7,000 ships, and 20,000 armored vehicles, the desperate struggle that unfolded on 6 June 1944 was, above all, a story of individual heroics of men who were driven to keep fighting until the German defenses were smashed and the precarious beachheads secured. This authentic human story Allied, German, French has never fully been told.Gil...
|Title||:||Soldier, Sailor, Frogman, Spy, Airman, Gangster, Kill or Die: How the Allies Won on D-Day|
|Number of Pages||:||512 pages|
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Soldier, Sailor, Frogman, Spy, Airman, Gangster, Kill or Die: How the Allies Won on D-Day Reviews
This book was a surprisingly good read. I've read other books on D-Day in the past, so I was afraid that I would have "reading fatigue" with this one. However, that was not the case. This particular work is story-driven, focusing on individual servicemen and civilians whose lives would become forever linked to this world-changing event. The writing in the book is excellent, it's definitely accessible to casual readers, but there is enough information to draw in the most knowledgable buffs.
A very detailed account of the D-Day landing focusing on one soldier, civilian or other person at a time. Excellent at picturing that but cannot, of course, deal with the overall strategy of the allies or the Germans and how this affected the course of the war.
This book came to us from a Goodreads giveaway, and it was quite good. This history book gave a somewhat complete account of the D Day invasion. There were accounts of military actions on all 5 beaches, Omaha, Gold, Sword, Utah, and Juno. Truely the spirit of battle is told from the Commander's point of view all the way down to the civilian. One interesting aspect of this history book is that it contains a lot of lesser known players, and explains how the battle and war affected them. Full of vi ...more
This is a wonderful history book about the D-Day invasion. It’s reads almost like a novel and is so interesting because of the first hand accounts of survivors from all different walks of life. Their stories begged to be told. Some of them were truly heart wrenching. It was especially interesting to read about some of the true heroes who helped turn the tide of the battles.....these heroes who have never really been acknowledged. I enjoyed reading these various accounts and stepping back into hi ...more
My attention was riveted on the title. Frogmen! Spies! Thanks go to Net Galley and Henry Holt for the galley, which I expected to love. Though I am disappointed, I would have been more so had I paid the cover price for this fast-and-loose pop history.
The author takes the events surrounding D-Day, the massive attack that turned the tide of World War II, and recounts them from the perspectives of those that were there, both on the Allied side as well as on the Germans’. Though the narrative flows ...more