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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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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
This book covers the day and weeks leading up to and after VE-Day 1945 throughout the world, the celebrations in free and occupied lands, the reactions of soldiers, prisoners, civilians and world leaders, the aftermath of the war in Europe and the Pacific. It's very well-written and very comprehensive, with contributions and memories from an enormous range of people throughout the world, and it's fascinating to read just how people celebrated those momentous days. The descriptions of liberation ...more
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.
Martin Gilbert is wonderful, as always. This book shows what things were like as war ended in Europe and later in Japan. Gilbert uses a lot of primary sources. Once again, I am mad at Russians and Germans and Japanese for what happened in WWII! There are some lessons we should learn from this period in history and I don't think we are paying attention...
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.
Good book about the preparation for the Normandy invasion. Mostly and overview but still good information and background.
another amazing WWII book. really easy read.
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Sir Martin John Gilbert is a British historian and Fellow of Merton College, University of Oxford. He is the author of over eighty books, including works on the Holocaust and Jewish history. Gilbert is a leading historian of the modern world, and is known as the official biographer of Sir Winston Churchill.
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