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Overlord: D-Day and the Battle for Normandy

Overlord: D-Day and the Battle for Normandy

On June 6, 1944, American and British troops staged the greatest amphibious landing in history to begin Operation Overlord, the battle to liberate Europe from the scourge of the Third Reich. With gut-wrenching realism and immediacy, Hastings reveals the terrible human cost that this battle exacted.

Moving beyond just the storming of Omaha beach and D-Day, he explores the Allies’ push inward, with many British and American infantry units suffering near 100 percent casualties during the course of that awful summer. Far from a gauzy romanticized remembrance, Hastings details a grueling ten week battle to overpower the superbly trained, geographically entrenched German Wehrmacht. Uncompromising and powerful in its depiction of wartime, this is the definitive book on D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.



Chapter 1 » ‘Much the greatest thing we have ever attempted’

Chapter 2 » Preparations - Commanders




Chapter 3 » To the Far Shore - The overture

The American beaches

The British beaches


Chapter 4 » The British Before Caen - Closing the lines



Chapter 5 » The Americans Before Cherbourg - The bocage

The battle for Cherbourg

Chapter 6 » The German Army: Stemming the Tide - Soldiers


Chapter 7 » The Battlefield - From the beachhead to the front


Chapter 8 » Crisis of Confidence - The fall of Caen


Chapter 9 » The Breakout - COBRA

The limits of air power

Chapter 10 » The Open Flank

Chapter 11 » The Road to Falaise

Chapter 12 » The Gap

Appendix A: Chronology of the Normandy Campaign

Appendix B: Allied Order of Battle

Appendix C: Forces available in ETO for Operation OVERLORD, D-Day, 6 June 1944

Appendix D: German land forces encountered by the Allies in Normandy

Appendix E: Some British administrative statistics

Bibliography and a note on sources

Notes and references



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