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Ten Days To D Day: Countdown To The Liberation Of Europe

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  129 ratings  ·  19 reviews
The story of the D-Day landings has been told many times, but no one has revealed the part that fate, human error, political infighting, deception and double agents played in the crucial ten days prior to D-Day. This is a day-by-day account of the untold human story behind this momentous event.
Paperback, 366 pages
Published by Little, Brown Young Readers (first published 1999)
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Mar 22, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wwii-europe
David Stafford's Ten Days to D-Day is an informative popular history of the lead up to D-Day. Stafford related the stories of average participants in the great event – a Canadian infantryman, a WREN signals technician, an American paratrooper, a Jew hiding in Paris, a French resistance fighter, a German soldier, an SOE operative in France and a Norwegian prisoner of the Gestapo. He interspersed these accounts with glimpses of Ike, Churchill, Hitler, de Gaulle, “Wild Bill” Donovan, Duff Cooper an ...more
-Desde las vivencias de personas con implicaciones muy diferentes en el evento.-

Género. Historia.

Lo que nos cuenta. Aproximación a la semana previa a la Operación Overlord, aunque con muchos pasos atrás en el tiempo para explicar gran número de cosas relativas a la Segunda Guerra Mundial, mediante las vivencias de personas que afrontaron de forma muy diferente los acontecimientos.

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Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all readers
Recommended to Brent by: Goodwill
Shelves: history, war
This is a group biography of individual participants: women, men, various nationalities. The human interest is high, the writing clear. Over the ten days, you get a flavor of conflicts and concerns all around, with some great characters.
Nov 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone with an interest in WWII or history in general.
There are a lot of books that talk about the actual operation, the landings, the paradrops beforehand, the chaos that ensued after they'd pushed up the beaches. This book says a lot more about the setup, about how an entire army was hidden from an enemy that was just across the English channel. Every perspective chosen provides an interesting view on why and how things played out the way they did. Definitely worth the read.
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not so much a war book as a book about people in or touched by war, not so much a book about D-Day as a book chronicling the activities of a handful of individuals who in one way or another made D-Day. Author Stafford chose his cast well: men and women; Allied and German; civilian, military, and resistance. The chapter a day formula worked well, and will lend itself to someone else’s attempt to read the book in the 10 days running up to the next D-Day commemoration. There are great photo ...more
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Couldn’t put it down, even though I knew how it ended.
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the better books I have read this year. Stafford made me feel as I though I was right there on the shores of France. I highly reccomend
Curtis Edmonds
Feb 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The iconography – or, to be more accurate, the cinematography – of the Normandy invasion is so compelling that it threatens to drown out all other discussion of the battle. The Airborne divisions, huddled aboard flimsy cargo planes, waiting to jump into the heart of darkness. German troopers in coastline bunkers, marveling at the line of ships, spreading across the horizon. Soaking-wet infantrymen going once more into the breach at the Omaha landing. The Rangers assaulting the guns of Pointe du ...more
Rob Kitchin
May 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The real strength of the book is its biographical weaving of the narratives of individuals and setting those within the wider context of the war and its political framing. Where the book is perhaps weakest is the choice of some of the individuals. The account of the Norwegian resistance organiser’s time in jail is interesting, but has no baring whatsoever on the D-Day landings, and indeed he knew nothing about them and played no role in the lead up to them. The German soldier similarly played no ...more
Christopher Fox
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stafford has brought this climatic event and familiar history down to earth by personalizing it. He uses diaries and recollections of all manner of people involved: lowly cypher clerks, spies, Resistance fighters, infantrymen, dictators, prime ministers and military commanders on all sides of the conflict to bring a human dimension to the battle. Particularly interesting are the disagreements between iconic and heroic figures (eg. Churchill, De Gaulle and Roosevelt). Their petty squabbles led on ...more
Aug 04, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This book gave a most interesting, different perspective on D-Day. Following many participants' experiences throughout the ten days leading up to D-Day including Eishenhower, Churchill, Hitler, and Rommel, to name a few. A most fascinating take on D-Day that I would definitely recommend if you have an interest in the subject.
Jun 27, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A day-by-day account taken from the diaries and letters of a variety of individuals on both sides of the English Channel who participated in the planning and execution of the invasion of Europe by the Allies in June 1944....very well provides a more micro-view of the events as seen through the eyes and actions of each of these individuals.
Mar 04, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1history, box2
Discussion of the 10 days before D-Day thru the lives of the famous and not so famous. Book was so-so, it covered ground in previous histories of the event I have read thru a different lens. but still the same ground.
A laborious task to read.
Ian Hallam
May 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in true war stories
Very interesting read detailing the events in the 10 days before D day from various viewpoints, gleaned from personal letters home, diaries etc.
Especially interesting to me as I lived in Portsmouth and know of many of the places mentioned in the book.
Thiago Carlos
Aug 04, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ótimo livro, que conta os ultimos momentos da invasão aliada a chamada "muralha do Atlântico", Stafford reproduz com clareza dados específicos de soldados, civis e do alto comando do exército aliado.

Nota: 8,5
This book reads like fiction actually. One of the defining moments of the 20th century from the perspective of individuals both at the top and bottom. The comprehenisve list of references at the end provides a satrting point for further studies.
Jun 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
De kracht van echte verhalen en geschiedenis gezichten geven. Bijzonder, indrukwekkend!
Mell Bishop
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Recommends it for: history buffs
really good, really long, but really interesting
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David Alexander Tetlow Stafford is projects director at Edinburgh University's Centre for the Study of the Two World Wars and Leverhulme Emeritus Professor in the University's School of History, Classics and Archaeology.
Stafford took his B.A. at Downing College, Cambridge in 1963. He then undertook postgraduate study at the University of London, taking an M.A. and finally his Ph.D. in history in 1