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Operation Neptune

The D-Day Landings and the Allied Invasion of Europe
by Craig L. Symonds
Oxford Univ Pr

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Pub Date: 2016
Format: Paperback with bw illus.
Pages: 422 pp.
Size: 5.50 x 8.50 inches

ISBN: 9780190462536
TB Code: 1711273
Availability: 11 in stock

Seventy years ago, more than six thousand Allied ships carried more than a million soldiers across the English Channel to a fifty-mile-wide strip of the Normandy coast in German-occupied France. It was the greatest sea-borne assault in human history. The code names given to the beaches where the ships landed the soldiers have become immortal: Gold, Juno, Sword, Utah, and especially Omaha, the scene of almost unimaginable human tragedy. The sea of crosses in the cemetery sitting today atop a bluff overlooking the beaches recalls to us its cost.

In the end, as Symonds shows in this gripping account of D-Day, success depended mostly on the men themselves: the junior officers and enlisted men who drove the landing craft, cleared the mines, seized the beaches and assailed the bluffs behind them, securing the foothold for the eventual campaign to Berlin, and the end of the most terrible war in human history.