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 ready to be launched. Long-distance submarines were in the final stage of development. The last million Jews of Europe were listed for deportation and death.
Failure at Normandy could have given Hitler the chance of continuing to rule western Europe, particularly if the United States, bloodied and defeated in Normandy, had decided-after two and a half years of focusing on Europe-to turn all its energies to the ever-growing demands of the Pacific, leaving Europe to its own devices. Had that happened, I doubt if I would have been alive to write this book, or free to express my opinions without fear of arrest.
About the Author
Martin Gilbert is Winston Churchill's biographer and the author of eight acclaimed books on the Holocaust. He lives in London.
Table of ContentsPreface.
List of Maps.
1. The Genesis of a Plan.
2. Adversaries and Allies.
3. Toward Overlord.
4. Preparations Intensify.
5. Planning and Deception.
6. The Mounting Costs.
7. The Month of May.
8. The First Five Days of June.
9. D-Day: From Midnight to Dawn.
10. D-Day: Fighting on Land: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword.
11. Establishing the Beachhead.
12. Beyond the Point of No Return.
Bibliography of Works Consulted.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
For the American, Canadian, French, Russian, and Polish armies.
Saving private ryan, seeing the movie and imaging what it looks like if i was a soldier at that time
Churchill the English prime minister called for all allies to gather there ships and men on the English chanal coast and ready for a full skale invation. Churchill had set up many decoys to destreact the Germans so their invation would go as planed. Whe all the ships had assembled the set off for the beach Normandy on the German ocupied France. When the allies got the they sent a scouting party to clear the way for the landing party. The battle raged on from June sixth to mid July. In the end about 220,000 allied men were lost and 320,000 German troops were lost. This was one of the most disisive battle because we gaind a foothold in France.