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Author Ambrose, Stephen E.

Title D-Day, June 6, 1944 : the climactic battle of World War II / Stephen E. Ambrose.

Published New York : Simon & Schuster, [1994]
©1994

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 UniM Bail  940.542142 AMBR    AVAILABLE
Physical description 655 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Notes "Appendix A: Veterans who contributed oral histories or written memoirs to the Eisenhower Center as of August 13, 1993": p. 617-632.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 613-616) and index.
Summary This is a brilliant telling of the battles of Omaha and Utah beaches, based on information only now available, from American, British, Canadian, French, and German veterans, from government and private archives, from never before utilized sources on the home front, gathered and analyzed by the author, who has made D-Day his life work. Ambrose's first interview was with General Eisenhower in 1964, his last with paratroopers from the 101st Airborne in 1993. Called the premier American narrative and military historian, Ambrose explains the most important day of the twentieth century.
The action begins at midnight, June 5/6, when the first British and American airborne troops jumped into France to launch the invasion. It ends at midnight, June 6/7. Focusing on those pivotal twenty-four hours, this is the story of individuals rather than units. It moves from the level of Supreme Commander to that of a French child, from General Omar Bradley to an American paratrooper, from Field Marshal Montgomery to a British private, from Field Marshal Rommel to a German sergeant. Ambrose covers the politics of D-Day, from Churchill's resistance to the operation to Stalin's impatience and Roosevelt's concern. On the other side were Hitler's command structure, German policy, and the plot against the Fuhrer. This is the epic victory of democracy in winner-take-all combat. When Hitler declared war on the United States, he bet that the young men brought up in the Hitler Youth would outfight the Boy Scouts. Ambrose shows how wrong he was.
Subject World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- France -- Normandy.
Normandy (France) -- History, Military.
ISBN 0671884034
0671673343