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June 6, 1944: The Voices of D-Day (World War II Library)

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In ships and planes, they crossed the English Channel.
On the other side Hitler’s army waited.
And the longest day was about to begin....

In the spring of 1944, 120,000 Allied soldiers crossed the English Channel in the most ambitious invasion force ever assembled. Rangers, paratroopers, infantry, and armored personnel, these soldiers--some who had just cut their teeth in Afr...more
Kindle Edition, 480 pages
Published (first published 1994)
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Victor
Although I enjoyed and take off my hat in honor of those better than me that participated in the most significant military operation in World War II, the story becomes repetitive the longer you read through its pages.

The account is taken from hundreds of interviews conducted by Gerald Astor and they do give a vivid recollection of the events that led to the preparation and invasion. There is hardly any involvement between the main characters of the allied offensive, and their place is taken by y...more
Patrick
This oral history collection is an exacting account of the combined Allied attack at Normandy. The text pieces together the personal stories of the men in combat. The American involvement is the focus of the piece, but the English and Canadian perspectives and accounts of battle are included. The material delves into how each soldier arrived at that time and place in history. At times, it is difficult to recall which soldier is which; the perspective changes quickly from one soldier to another....more
M.J. Groves
The chapters and voices of the actual combatants were very informative, but a bit repetetive, making for a read that occasionally dragged. Still, I never could have gotten through a strictly "here's what happened" kind of book that most of the other classic D Day options provide. Hearing it in the voice of people who were there makes it very real. It would have been helpful to have a map, like the one provided at some of the sites in Normandy, to keep all the different divisions, battalions stra...more
Paul Childs
This was a good look at the invasion of Normandy from the point of view of the men who did the fighting. The book is filled with person accounts from men from the American, British, and Canadian armies. They tell their stories and the stories of some of their comrades in arms that were not lucky enough to make it through the invasion.
Phillip
This is a wonderfully written account of what went on leading up to during and after the D Day attack. It documents the accounts of several fighting men who were there.
It is a very engrossing, and interesting read. Astor put me right in the middle of battle with the men.
John Bianchi
Great primary source material, nicely assembled. But, repetition of information should have been avoided. some careful editing would have benefitted the narrative that emerges.
Rob
Read this in preparation for our visit to the Normandy beaches on D-day, June 6th 2012. Very moving experience which was made more so by having read Astor's book.
Kirk Bower
Very detailed account of the actions of D-Day through the eyes of those who survived.
Nick
A collection of first-hand accounts from the Normandy landings.
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Gerald Morton Astor, a native of New Haven, grew up in Mount Vernon, N.Y. After his Army service in the Second World War, he received a bachelor’s degree from Princeton. He was the picture editor of Sports Illustrated in its early years and worked as an editor for Sport magazine, Look, The Saturday Evening Post and Time.

Besides his accounts of the Battle of the Bulge and the air war in Europe, Mr....more
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