The Americans on D-Day and in Normandy

Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives

  • Subject: World War II
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    March 1, 2019
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  • Product Dimensions:
    9.75 × 7.5 × 1 in
  • Product Weight:
    25 oz
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The experiences and achievements of the United States land, sea and air forces on 6 June 1944 and the weeks following have been deservedly well chronicled. Omaha Beach saw the fiercest fighting of the whole OVERLORD invasion and the opposition faced in the US sector shocked commanders and men at all levels. The outcome was in the balance and, thanks to the courage and determination shown by the attackers, game-changing failure was narrowly averted. 

This superb Images of War book examines, using contemporary and modern images and maps, the course of the campaign and its implication for both the American troops and the civilian population of the battle zone. 

These revealing images, both color and black and white, are enhanced by full captions and the author's thoroughly researched text. 
The result is a graphic reminder of the liberation of Northern France and the extraordinary sacrifice made by men not just of the United States military but the other Allied nations. 

Editorial Reviews

“This book shows many battlefields then and now.” —WTBF-AM/FM
“This is a captivating entry in the Naval Institute Press’s Images of War Series. When I was a kid, I’d spend hours pouring over my parents’ Time-Life photography books. It was often the images of war that held my attention and that I kept returning to. This is that kind of book. It’s an excellent introduction to D-Day using photographs and maps from WWII along with some contemporary photos that show how landscapes and street scenes have or haven’t changed over the decades since Operation Overlord, the code name of the invasion. This book looks at both the military and some civilian experiences in France. If you know nothing about D-Day, this would be a great place to start. The rare photographs will also make it a must-read for the WWII enthusiast.” —Chris Wolak
“The author provides a commendable addition to the pantheon of historical offerings on the Normandy invasion. Blades expertly weaved together an illuminating collection of photographs that illustrates the true cost of war that accompanies the heroism, suffering, and sacrifice. This book is well worth the read by cultured historians and laymen alike. Based on the photographic archives available, the author could easily add myriad supplementary volumes to this collection that document additional aspects of this historic campaign.” —Air & Space Power Journal
“If a picture is worth a thousand words than Brooke Blades’ book The Americans on D-Day and in Normandy: Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives (Images of War) is a lot thicker than its 176 pages. The author incorporates photographs and maps to illustrate the reality of battle on both the landscape and the participants…. The heart of the book is the photographs…. Blades’ book provides readers an excellent source to visualize the D-Day invasion. [Recommended] for all readers interested in this battle.” —Military Review
The Americans on D-Day and in Normandy offers a rare, poignant visual into the human struggle unfolding on the beaches and soil of a soon-to-be-liberated Europe.” —H-Net