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D-Day: The Soldiers' Story

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  572 ratings  ·  99 reviews
Almost seventy-five years have passed since D-Day, the day of the greatest seaborne invasion in history. The outcome of the Second World War hung in the balance on that chill June morning. If Allied forces succeeded in gaining a foothold in northern France, the road to victory would be open. But if the Allies could be driven back into the sea, the invasion would be stalled ...more
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Published September 20th 2018 by John Murray
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Jquick99 I’m listening to Soldier right now. My library doesn’t have D Day so cant compare, but so far Soldier is about various military and civilian stories o…moreI’m listening to Soldier right now. My library doesn’t have D Day so cant compare, but so far Soldier is about various military and civilian stories of what they were doing leading up to and on D Day. I suspect they are probably very similar. (less)

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Matt
I received Advanced Reader's Edition of this book through LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program for an honest review.

The story greatest seaborne invasion and one of the greatest airborne operations in history combining to break the Atlantic Wall is known from an overview perspective, but the story of D-Day from a personal perspective really brings home the events of the first 24-hours of D-Day. Giles Milton covers the first 24-hours of the invasion of Western Europe in Soldier, Sailor, Frogman,
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Donna Davis
My attention was riveted on the title. Frogmen! Spies! Thanks go to Net Galley and Henry Holt for the galley, which I expected to love. Though I am disappointed, I would have been more so had I paid the cover price for this fast-and-loose pop history.

The author takes the events surrounding D-Day, the massive attack that turned the tide of World War II, and recounts them from the perspectives of those that were there, both on the Allied side as well as on the Germans’. Though the narrative flows
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Steven Z.
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Next month will be the 75th anniversary of the allied landing in Normandy. As with most major historical commemorations people will flock to the beaches off the French coast. In addition, the anniversary has produced a plethora of new books to go with the classic works that have been written in the past, including; Cornelius Ryan’s THE LONGEST DAY, Max Hasting’s OVERLORD, John Keegan’s SIX ARMIES IN NORMANDY, Carlo D’Este’s DECISION IN NORMANDY, Anthony Beevor’s D DAY and Stephen Ambrose’s D DAY ...more
Bill
May 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: discovered-irl
This was an interesting book, very ambitious in scope. It was fairly inconsistent but overall worth reading.

The aspects I enjoyed most were the exciting action scenes. Many of the skirmishes are rendered really well. I also appreciated the inclusion of the German and French civilian perspectives, as I haven't read about that as much. For example, I didn't realize that French coastal towns were bombarded heavily, with the only warning to the residents being air-dropped pamphlets delivered the mor
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Thelma Fountain
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book in a goodreads giveaway. When I picked this book up I was not sure I would get into it because I do not usually read accounts of war battles. I was completely enthralled by this detailed, well researched account of the 24 hours of the D Day invasion. I could not put this book down. I loved how the author told the story of the individual soldiers, sailors and airman who participated in the battle. We learned of the bravery of men that history may have forgotten but they were ...more
Kim McGee
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a story of such magnitude that it cannot be contained in one volume and represent all parts of the story equally and yet that is exactly what Giles Milton has done. This is not your typical history book overflowing with mindnumbing facts and figures. Instead, the author has taken this heroic Herculean effort of so many people and countries and made it personal. Every chapter is riddled with stories and actual accounts from the men and women, on both sides of the trenches. What they exper ...more
Mike Reinking
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! What a book! The story of the WWII D-Day landings told through the eyes of soldiers from the Axis and Allied armies. The stories of the horror and heroism of that day recounted by the soldiers, sailors, and pilots that took part is riveting stuff. A marvelous book!
Cropredy
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
The title is a bit deceptive making one think you are going to read some secret, never-before-revealed history of D-Day.

Instead, you get a somewhat newish spin on the D-Day story by focusing on specific individuals (mostly non-famous) on both sides and their endeavors on that fateful day.

It starts with specific stories on the night before the invasion, then proceeds through the airborne drops on each side of the beachhead, the initial wave of sea landing across all five beaches, then the advance
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Martin
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent addition to the canon of D-Day books. Scheduled to be published on the 75th anniversary. Well researched and the book includes an excellent bibliography.
Larry
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A series of episodes mesh together effectively to describe the fraught nature of the first twenty-four hours of the D-Day invasion.
David
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book. One of the best I've read this year.
Steve Shilstone
May 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Covering the 24 hours of D-Day, sampling boots on the ground from all sides plus civilians. Fat bibliography. Horror of war.
Donald Owens II
Engaging and rich in personal narrative; but almost revels in gore and quotes without euphemism.
Nick Luciano
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Be prepared to meet a lot of characters. If you like your military history to be about people, and not overburdened with the movements of battalions, corps and divisions, you'll like this book. There's thousands of individual stories that came out of June 6th, 1944. This captures a lot of them. While we all know about the pair of shoes General Rommel picked up for his wife's birthday, I never new that they didn't fit. That little vignette, says a lot about the kind of luck he would have that day ...more
Mary Murphy
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read.

The individual stories of the brave soldiers provided an opportunity to express appreciation for such incredible sacrifice. I was reminded that our democracy and freedom came at great cost and deserves great respect.
Christine
2 stars. I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. If you are interesting in learning more about the events and impact of D-Day, sadly I cannot recommend this book. If you're looking for a D-Day story that's trying to be an action movie, then you've found your book.

Some of the biggest issues...

- There were FAR too many people highlighted in this book. Some appear in multiple chapters, others are introduced and then forgotten, and a few are simply quoted. There was no good way to keep track of tho
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Michael
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hundreds of books of course detail the planning and execution of D Day but the differentiator with this particular work is that individual stories on all sides of the effort are brought to light. From the baker who is working and protecting his family in Caen and experiences the total devastation of his home and city to the young German girl whose role it is to transcribe and decode messages in a dark, dank protected basement area. All those whose role in the grand undertaking appear to be trivi ...more
John Purvis
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Soldier, Sailor, Frogman, Spy, Airman, Gangster, Kill or Die: How the Allies Won on D-Day" eBook was published in 2019 and was written by Giles Milton (http://www.gilesmilton.com). Mr. Milton has published a dozen non-fiction history books. 

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The book tells the story of D-Day in June of 1944. 

The book includes scenes that
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Nick
This book was read as an ARC provided by the publisher, as a First Reads giveaway.

The thing that makes this book the most distinctive is also the thing that will either attract droves of new readers to World War II history or drive them bonkers. Maybe both.
The format of the book is that it tells the story of June 6, 1944, in a bunch of different places connected to the D-Day invasion. Thus, you find out what Eisenhower and Rommel were doing, but also what a bunch of individual soldiers and sailo
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Bob Wilson
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an exciting well written book. I have read "White Gold" and "Nathaniel's Nutmeg", both by Giles Milton and this is the best yet. In this latest book of his he does an excellent job of describing the horrors that these combatants experienced on D-day. He covers the defendants and the attackers equally. He makes the action more engaging by quoting from diaries. Although the assault has been covered by movie makers this book brings the reality home even more.There are also maps, showing ea ...more
James Crabtree
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In June 1944 the Allies launched Operation Overlord, the invasion of France and the opening of the long-awaited Western Front. Waiting for them were two German armies under command of General Rommel and an incredible assortment of prepared defenses. In this book author Giles Milton takes individual stories of several of the participants, German, American, British, as well as the French civilians caught up in the maelstrom that was D-Day. We are introduced to the commanders trying to figure out w ...more
Kristin Strong
I'm not sure how this got an average rating of 4+ stars, but to each his own, I guess.

This is mostly a compendium of first-person accounts of the events of D-Day, ranging in time from the first paratrooper landings and in space from Gold to Utah beaches and beyond. The form it ends up taking is a chronological account of what was going on in various locations on the day, supported and padded out with stories told by men (and a few women) who were there. It does include recollections from French
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N
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful history book about the D-Day invasion. It’s reads almost like a novel and is so interesting because of the first hand accounts of survivors from all different walks of life. Their stories begged to be told. Some of them were truly heart wrenching. It was especially interesting to read about some of the true heroes who helped turn the tide of the battles.....these heroes who have never really been acknowledged. I enjoyed reading these various accounts and stepping back into hi ...more
Mike Bruno
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For those who are intrigued by the events leading up to D-Day as well as the actual invasion of Normandy's beaches, this is an absolute must read. The storming of all five beaches is told in incredible detail, while providing anecdotes from many who survived of others who did not live to tell the tale. The book also has a way of making you want to keep reading as you wonder if the Allied forces - facing near certain death - would somehow be able to capture certain bridges, beachheads, etc.

I als
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Al
Jul 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Built around D-Day, this book focuses primarily on eye-witness accounts from Allied servicemen, some German soldiers' accounts, and occasional French citizen observations. Many of the accounts extend over most of the day--they're the most interesting--and some of them intersect. This all makes for lively reading, more interesting than standard history book exposition. Be prepared for some very graphic details; the accounts don't spare descriptions of the carnage. One takeaway: I hadn't really b ...more
Kathryn
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book so much. Any time I had a spare moment, I picked it up and continued reading.
It is hard to believe that most of this took place in the first 24 hours. Both the allies and the German stories were told. The loss of lives, particularly from the allied side was unbelievable. Because my copy of this book was an advance reader's copy, the book was minus maps and photos. Still, one was able to imagine what it must have been like to see all the ships and aircraft stationed in and ar
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Joe Morris
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
D-Day. Thinking Saving Private Ryan? Or Stephen Ambrose's Band of Brothers or D-Day books? All very good and interesting books. This book Soldier, Sailor, Frogman, Spy… is an amazing read because it adds detail to the massive scale of the invasion. And I don't mean blood and gore, though there is some of that. This novel covers what the German radio intelligence (women) were hearing when the initial flood of signals were coming over the radio. What the German intelligence officers were doing whe ...more
Johnny Wimmer
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book came to us from a Goodreads giveaway, and it was quite good. This history book gave a somewhat complete account of the D Day invasion. There were accounts of military actions on all 5 beaches, Omaha, Gold, Sword, Utah, and Juno. Truely the spirit of battle is told from the Commander's point of view all the way down to the civilian. One interesting aspect of this history book is that it contains a lot of lesser known players, and explains how the battle and war affected them. Full of vi ...more
David King
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, history
With a title like this the book better be good, and it does. Milton brings the reader into the D-day invasion by making individual soldiers and sailors very personal and immediate. Milton himself reads the book quite impressively, skillfully varying the energy and pace as the narrative required. My only quibble came when he flashed back to England for Churchill’s announcement of the invasion to Parliament. I wish he had also described Roosevelt’s announcement to the American people. All in all, ...more
Susan
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author uses the experiences of a variety of participants in the D-Day invasion to illustrate how difficult the operation was, the toll it took on them and how the success of the operation was almost a matter of luck. Both sides of the conflict are given so you get a more complete picture of the battle. The author uses military jargon but nothing that most readers wouldn't be familiar with. The book is easy to read since the case topic is handled so well and the book is so well written. This ...more
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British writer and journalist Giles Milton was born in Buckinghamshire in 1966. He has contributed articles for most of the British national newspapers as well as many foreign publications, and specializes in the history of travel and exploration. In the course of his researches, he has traveled extensively in Europe, the Middle East, Japan and the Far East, and the Americas.

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