Description : “D” Day to VICTORY is a comprehensive and authentic chronicle of a young draftee from the invasion of Europe on Omaha Beach to the overwhelming victory and beyond. It envisions the front line combat and sexual encounters through EVERY major battle and minor skirmishes in Northern Europe as witnessed by an ordinary G. I. The circumstances are vividly detailed as they are pictured in the minds of the people back home, the survivors that returned and the veterans that served in the rear echelons and flank areas. The dates of every occurrence is exact. Each battle concludes with its own individual climax with graphic descriptions that envelope the reader into mental participation. The saga is an accurate chronology of bravery and heroism that encompasses “D” Day, the breakthrough at St. Lo., the Atlantic Wall of Germany, the liberation of Belgium, the capture of the Bridge at Remagen, the Battle of the Bulge, the liberation of slave labor and concentration camps and on to the meeting with the Russians at the Elbe River to officially end the war. The saga concludes by living with the vanquished with the occupation force. “D” Day to VICTORY fills the void that will incite the memory of the millions of veterans and the insatiable curiosity of the survivors, family members, descendents and successors. This book will relate directly to the multitude of readers anticipating a factual, vivid, and realistic picture of World War II. Sidney Forman, Ph.D.
Description : Tank Commander Sgt Trevor Greenwood of C Squadron, the 9th Royal Tank Regiment, sailed for France in June 1944 as part of the Allied invasion of Normandy. From D-Day until April 1945, he kept a daily diary of his experiences of the final push through France and into Germany, often writing in secret and in terrible conditions. Under fire, outgunned and facing a bitter winter, he never loses his moral compass or his sense of humour - finding time to brew tea and maintain morale with characterful British reserve.He writes candidly of his frustration and despair of seeing Bomber Command mistakenly bomb Allied lines near Caen (August 1944), the liberation of Le Havre (September 1944), the fighting around Roosendaal, Holland (October 1944), the reception of soldiers by the Dutch families on whom they were billeted (December 1944), and concludes with 'mopping up' operations in northern Germany (April 1945). His astonishing diary has left us a unique record of the war in Europe from the rarely-seen perspective of an ordinary soldier.An accompanying essay about the tank battles of Normandy by Duxford Museum's tank expert provide added value.
Description : Victory in Europe is a graphic account of the storming and taking of Hitler's 'Fortress Europe' by the Allies during the final eleven months of the Second World War. From June 1944 to May 1945 this epic campaign encompassed many of the most famous battles and events of the Second World War, from D-Day, Arnhem, the Battle of the Bulge and the capture of the bridge at Remagen, to the taking Hitler's Eagle's Nest, the shocking discovery of the concentration camps, the final unconditional surrender of Nazi German and Victory in Europe Day. Written by leading military historian Julian Thompson, Victory in Europe contains 12 facsimile items of memorabilia. The reader can re-live this momentous period of history by examining maps, diaries, letters, and other items which up till now have remained filed or exhibited in the Imperial War Museum and other museum collections in Northern Europe and America.
Description : Despatches in this volume include the Despatch on air operations by the Allied Expeditionary Air Force in North West Europe between November 1943 and September 1944, the despatch on the assault phase of the Normandy landings June 1944, despatch on operations of Coastal Command, Royal Air Force in Operation Overlord the invasion of Europe 1944, the despatch on operations in North West Europe between 6 June 1944 and 5 May 1945, by Field Marshal the Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, Commander 21st Army Group, the despatch on the final stages of the naval war in North West Europe, and, as an addition, the despatch on the Dieppe Raid in 1942.This unique collection of original documents will prove to be an invaluable resource for historians, students and all those interested in what was one of the most significant periods in British military history.
Description : “This e-book box set includes the following books by Stephen E. Ambrose, chronicling the pivotal moments from WWII—from D-Day to the capture of Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest. Band of Brothers: A riveting account of Easy Company, 506th Airborne Division, U.S. Army—responsible for everything from parachuting into France early D-Day morning to the capture of Hitler's Eagle's Nest at Berchtesgaden. Drawing on hours of interviews with survivors as well as the soldiers' journals and letters, here are the stories, often in the men's own words, of these American heroes. D-Day: The preeminent chronicle of the most important day in the twentieth century —drawn from more than 1,400 interviews with American, British, Canadian, French, and German veterans. Pegasus Bridge: A gripping account of the first engagement of D-Day—Pegasus Bridge. In the early morning hours of June 6, 1944, a small detachment of British airborne troops stormed the German defense forces and paved the way for the Allied invasion of Europe. Ambrose traces each step of the preparations over many months to the minute-by-minute excitement of the hand-to-hand confrontations on the bridge.”
Description : The Second World War is the bloodiest and deadliest conflict in history: more than 60 million people killed in six years of bitter fighting. For much of that time, Hitler's Germany and the Axis powers seemed invincible and Britons feared not only for their lives but for their country's freedom and future. By 1944 the Russian army had managed to turn back the German tide in the east. The Allies desperately needed to do the same in the west. Somehow they had to break out of barricaded Britain and put troops on to mainland Europe. Only by joining the Russian march on Berlin could Britain and America hope to secure a favourable peace. D-Day to Berlin: The Unfolding Story is a unique retelling of how this was done. From June 6 1944, when hundreds of thousands of Allied troops came ashore on five Normandy beaches, to May 2 1945, when the German army surrendered in Berlin, these dramatic and historic events are described as they happened and as they were told through the pages of The Daily Mirror. A truly remarkable era experienced as never before.
Description : Over the past sixty-five years, the Allied invasion of Northwestern France in June 1944, known as D-Day, has come to stand as something more than a major battle. The assault itself formed a vital component of Allied victory in the Second World War. D-Day developed into a sign and symbol; as a word it carries with it a series of ideas and associations that have come to symbolize different things to different people and nations. As such, the commemorative activities linked to the battle offer a window for viewing the various belligerents in their postwar years. This book examines the commonalities and differences in national collective memories of D-Day. Chapters cover the main forces on the day of battle, including the United States, Great Britain, Canada, France and Germany. In addition, a chapter on Russian memory of the invasion explores other views of the battle. The overall thrust of the book shows that memories of the past vary over time, link to present-day needs, and also still have a clear national and cultural specificity. These memories arise in a multitude of locations such as film, books, monuments, anniversary celebrations, and news media representations.
Description : By midnight on 6 June 1944, the future of Europe hung in the balance. Allied troops occupied beachheads as Hitler's troops threatened to drive them back into the sea. Karen Farrington presents this remarkable story of the final Allied liberation and the push through to Berlin, the beating heart of the Third Reich.
Description : From a longtime leader in both military and business organizations, lessons inspired by World War II history that anyone can use. This practical book explores seven essential leadership principles that all successful leaders use, drawing from the compelling story of the Allied invasion of Normandy. Learn how you can put these same principles to work today as a leader in your own organization, your community, or your personal life. Vision Innovation and Learning Capability: People and Resources Timely Decisions: AIME Decision Model Operating Principles and Values Resilience Your Team and Team Building