Author: Antony Beevor
The Normandy Landings that took place on D-Day involved by far the largest invasion fleet ever known. The scale of the undertaking was simply awesome. What followed them was some of the most cunning and ferocious fighting of the war, at times as savage as anything seen on the Eastern Front. As casualties mounted, so too did the tensions between the principal commanders on both sides. Meanwhile, French civilians caught in the middle of these battlefields or under Allied bombing endured terrible suffering. Even the joys of Liberation had their darker side. Antony Beevor's gripping narrative conveys the true experience of war. 'A knockout reassessment of one of the Second World War's great set-piece battles. Swoops from the vicious close-quarter fighting in the hedgerows to the petrified French onlookers and onwards to the political leaders wrestling with monumental decisions.' Sunday Times'Beevor has succeeded brilliantly. D-Day can sit proudly alongside his other masterworks on Stalingrad and the fall of Berlin. Superbly brings the events of that summer to life again.' Patrick Bishop, Daily Telegraph'As near as possible to experiencing what it was like to be there . . . It is almost impossible for a reader not to get caught up in the excitement.' Giles Foden, Guardian'A magnificent portrait. Beevor has ssembled a mass of unfamiliar sources, fresh voices and untold anecdotes. As powerful and authoritative an account of the battle for Normandy as we are likely to get. Max Hastings, Sunday Times'D-Day is a triumph of research . . . on almost every page there's some little detail that sticks in the mind or tweaks the heart. This is a terrific, inspiring, heartbreaking book. Sam Leith, Daily Mail'Impeccable, splendid, thoroughly researched and gripping. Beevor is a master of narrative, expertly blending the grand sweep with the telling anecdote.' Domicic Sandbrook, Observer
The Bedford Boys
Author: Alex Kershaw
Publisher: Da Capo Press
June 6, 1944: Nineteen boys from Bedford, Virginia--population just 3,000 in 1944--died in the first bloody minutes of D-Day. They were part of Company A of the 116th Regiment of the 29th Division, and the first wave of American soldiers to hit the beaches in Normandy. Later in the campaign, three more boys from this small Virginia town died of gunshot wounds. Twenty-two sons of Bedford lost--it is a story one cannot easily forget and one that the families of Bedford will never forget. The Bedford Boys is the true and intimate story of these men and the friends and families they left behind.Based on extensive interviews with survivors and relatives, as well as diaries and letters, Kershaw's book focuses on several remarkable individuals and families to tell one of the most poignant stories of World War II--the story of one small American town that went to war and died on Omaha Beach.
Author: Craig L. Symonds
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Describes the events during and leading up to the Allied attack in Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944, detailing how British and American generals strategized years before the invasion in a military operation known as Neptune.
The Ghost Army of World War II describes a perfect example of a little-known, highly imaginative, and daring maneuver that helped open the way for the final drive to Germany. It is a riveting tale told through personal accounts and sketches along the way—ultimately, a story of success against great odds. I enjoyed it enormously. – Tom Brokaw In the summer of 1944, a handpicked group of young GIs—including such future luminaries as Bill Blass, Ellsworth Kelly, Arthur Singer, Victor Dowd, Art Kane, and Jack Masey—landed in France to conduct a secret mission. Armed with truckloads of inflatable tanks, a massive collection of sound-effects records, and more than a few tricks up their sleeves, their job was to create a traveling road show of deception on the battlefields of Europe, with the German Army as their audience. From Normandy to the Rhine, the 1,100 men of the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops, known as the Ghost Army, conjured up phony convoys, phantom divisions, and make-believe headquarters to fool the enemy about the strength and location of American units. Between missions the artists filled their duffel bags with drawings and paintings and dragged them across Europe. Every move they made was top secret and their story was hushed up for decades after the war's end. The Ghost Army of World War II is the first publication to tell the full story of how a traveling road show of artists wielding imagination, paint, and bravado saved thousands of American lives.
Author: Serge Saint-Michel, Mister Kit
Author: Norman Ohler
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
New York Times Bestseller “[A] fascinating, engrossing, often dark history of drug use in the Third Reich.” — Washington Post The Nazi regime preached an ideology of physical, mental, and moral purity. Yet as Norman Ohler reveals in this gripping new history, the Third Reich was saturated with drugs: cocaine, opiates, and, most of all, methamphetamines, which were consumed by everyone from factory workers to housewives to German soldiers. In fact, troops were encouraged, and in some cases ordered, to take rations of a form of crystal meth—the elevated energy and feelings of invincibility associated with the high even help to account for the breakneck invasion that sealed the fall of France in 1940, as well as other German military victories. Hitler himself became increasingly dependent on injections of a cocktail of drugs—ultimately including Eukodal, a cousin of heroin—administered by his personal doctor. Thoroughly researched and rivetingly readable, Blitzed throws light on a history that, until now, has remained in the shadows. “Delightfully nuts.” — The New Yorker NORMAN OHLER is an award-winning German novelist, screenwriter, and journalist. He is the author of the novels Die Quotenmaschine (the world’s first hypertext novel), Mitte, and Stadt des Goldes (translated into English as Ponte City). He was cowriter of the script for Wim Wenders’s film Palermo Shooting. He lives in Berlin.
Author: Max Hastings
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
On June 6, 1944, the American and British armies staged the greatest amphibious landing history to being Operation Overlord, the battle for the liberation of Europe. Despite the Allies' absolute command of sea and air and vast firepower, it took ten weeks of fierce fighting for them to overpower the tenacious, superbly skilled German army. Now, forty years later, British war correspondent and military historian Max Hastings has drawn on many interviews and newly available documents to construct a dense, dramatic portrait of the Normady invasion that overturns the traditional legends.
Antony Beevor's The Mystery of Olga Chekhova is the true story of a family torn apart by revolution and war. Olga Chekhova was a stunning Russian beauty and a famous Nazi-era film actress who Hitler counted among his friends; she was also the niece of Anton Chekhov. After fleeing Bolshevik Moscow for Berlin in 1920, she was recruited by her composer brother Lev, to work for Soviet intelligence. In return, her family were allowed to join her. The extraordinary story of how the whole family survived the Russian Revolution, the civil war, the rise of Hitler, the Stalinist Terror, and the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union becomes, in Antony Beevor's hands, a breathtaking tale of compromise and survival in a merciless age.
Author: Christopher Dunphie, Garry Johnson
Publisher: Pen and Sword
The two authors, both formerly senior professional soldiers, have compiled an easy-to-follow itinerary to the British landings on 6 June 1944 on Gold Beach and the ensuing bitter fighting. Covered in detail are the actions which earned CSM Hollis of the Green Howards his VC and other inspiring battle stories
Author: Joseph Balkoski
Publisher: Stackpole Books
Balkoski's depiction of 'Bloody Omaha' is the literary accompaniment to the white-knuckle Omaha Beach scene that opens Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan. -- John Hillen, New York Post
Plotting Hitler's Death
Author: Joachim Fest, Bruce Little
The author documents more than a dozen plots to assassinate Hitler, surprisingly, from conservative and military circles within Germany
Der Zweite Weltkrieg
Author: Antony Beevor
Publisher: C. Bertelsmann Verlag
Vor 75 Jahren, am 1. September 1939, begann der Zweite Weltkrieg Der Zweite Weltkrieg war der brutalste und folgenschwerste kriegerische Konflikt der Geschichte – mit einem bis dahin ungekannten Maß an Waffengewalt und millionenfachem Sterben bis hin zum Völkermord. Antony Beevor, angesehener britischer Historiker, entwirft ein globales Panorama, das die großen Zusammenhänge dieses Krieges ebenso transparent macht wie die herrschenden politisch-ideologischen Kräfte, das Ursachen und Folgen umfassend und in bisher einmaliger Prägnanz verdeutlicht. Er folgt von Norden nach Süden und von Osten nach Westen jenen Männern, die die Welt in die größte Schlacht der Menschheitsgeschichte getrieben haben. Und er verliert dabei nie jene aus den Augen, für die dieser monströse Krieg unermessliches Leid bedeutete. Auf der Basis aktueller Forschung, bestens recherchiert, empathisch erzählt, hat Beevor das Buch zum prägendsten Ereignis des 20. Jahrhunderts geschrieben.
Author: Robin Neillands, Roderick De Normann
Publisher: Hachette UK
The story of D-Day, told in the words of those who were actually there. 'The gigantic scale of the invasion is stunningly evoked' - MAIL ON SUNDAY At fifteen minutes after midnight on June 6 1944, Operation 'Overlord', the Allied invasion of Hitler's Fortress Europe, became reality. In this penetrating account of D-Day and the period which followed, Robin Neillands and Roderick de Normann weave objective narration with personal accounts from those who were there to create a matchless history of the largest amphibious assault ever launched.
Author: Paul Winter
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Published in partnership with the National Archives, D-Day Documents is a commemorative collection of previously unpublished documents marking the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings. This unprecedented book contains not only 21st Army Group intelligence reports on 'Omaha' Beach, RAF Photographic Reconnaissance prints and the ship's log of HMS Warspite but various other important official documents covering different aspects of Operations Neptune and Overlord. Crucially, this single volume brings together for the first time the war diary entries of all Anglo-Canadian 'spear-head' units and regiments who landed in France on 6 June 1944. A unique publication, which celebrates one of the most momentous days in modern military history, D-Day Documents will fascinate anyone with an interest in the Second World War, as well as offering an invaluable primary source for military historians.