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3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  88 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
The Allied landings in 1944 had all the prospects for disaster. Churchill thought he would be woken up to be told of massive casualties. Eisenhower prepared a somber broadcast announcing that the enterprise had failed.

The specter of failure was always present. After a failed landing the Nazi regime would have regained the ascendant. New, terrifying bombs and rockets were r
Paperback, 240 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Wiley (first published 1995)
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Apr 10, 2012 Greg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This account of D-Day by eminent British historian Martin Gilbert is a fantastic survey of the D-Day preparations. His purpose in writing this brief history is to give the general public a sense of the undertaking, its men, its successes and its failures. So many have eloquently described what was at risk. Gilbert adds something new, however, to the account so often treated briefly - the criticality and successes of Allied misinformation.

Whether talking about the early deceptions such as Operat
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Jul 02, 2015 Matthew Barlow rated it it was amazing
A pleasantly surprising read from such an unassuming little book. Gilbert's account of the build up to D-Day is one of the best I have come across, especially his analysis of the deception plans that were being laid out to confuse the Germans. As Churchill's biographer Gilbert has had direct access to the PM's personal notes, as well as having witnessed some of the build up himself. This puts him in the perfect position to describe and analyze the great undertaking that the allied forces worked ...more
Feb 03, 2013 Andrew rated it it was amazing
Gilbert's brief overview of D-Day is superb. This short book (less than 200 pages in paperback) gives a great summary of the preparations for and execution of Operation Overlord, the invasion of Normandy in June 1944.

Over half the book is dedicated to the preparations made on both sides, including the impressive amount of deception by the Allies. The landings are described in broad strokes, usually with one personal account per landing beach. The end result is an easy-to-read overview that is hi
Empieza con un resumen de los preparativos para el día D como las misiones de espionaje, los sabotajes a lineas férreas e industrias armamentistas y de producción de bienes de guerra, las misiones de engaño, etc. La descripción del día D es excelente aunque le falta un poco más de relato y testimonios de protagonistas así como mapas mejor elaborados. Aun así es un buen libro como para empezar a saber sobre este día que cambio al historia del mundo.
Jeroen Berndsen
Not a bad book, has some interesting descriptions, but overall I'd recommend Anthony Beevor's 'D-Day'. Although that one's longer, it's a more interesting read than this one. Somehow Gilbert doesn't quite catch my attention en fails to bring the subject matter to live like Beevor does.
Nov 14, 2010 John rated it liked it
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Good book about the preparation for the Normandy invasion. Mostly and overview but still good information and background.
Dec 21, 2010 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
another amazing WWII book. really easy read.
Charles Chin
Mar 12, 2016 Charles Chin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very abbreviated
Mar 30, 2015 Bailey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good book
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Sir Martin John Gilbert was a British historian and Fellow of Merton College, University of Oxford. He was the official biographer of Sir Winston Churchill and the author of over eighty books, including works on the Holocaust and Jewish history.
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