This important book has been reprinted for the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings. The author, a former soldier, who survived Japanese hospitality including a period working the mines of Japan, was Senior Lecturer at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and a prolific writer of military history – Most Highly Recommended
NAME: The Telegraph, The D Day Landings FILE: R2908 AUTHOR: Philip Warner PUBLISHER: Pen and Sword BINDING: soft back PAGES: 309 PRICE: £14.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: WWII, World War II, World War 2, Second World War, European Theatre, Second Front, D-Day, D-Day landings, Normandy landings, Mulberry Harbour, amphibious assault, air superiority, landing craft, landing ships, battleships, shore bombardment, bunkers, Atlantic Wall, gun emplacements, airborne forces, French Resistance
IMAGE: B2908.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/yxj58vga LINKS: DESCRIPTION: This important book has been reprinted for the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings. The author, a former soldier, who survived Japanese hospitality including a period working the mines of Japan, was Senior Lecturer at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and a prolific writer of military history – Most Highly Recommended This book was first published in 1980 by William Kimber, and then republished in 2004 and 2019 by Pen & Sword. This edition has been published to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings, a date that has produced a wealth of new books and reprints. If the reader can only justify buying a single book on D-Day, this must be that book. The author has benefited from his own experiences as a soldier and from training new generations of officers for the British Army. He has used first hand accounts and captured the many facets of D-Day, its preparation, execution and aftermath, no mean feat for an epic event that may never be matched by future conflict. We can look back now, knowing the success of this mammoth amphibious landing, and we can visit the battlegrounds, see the remaining parts of fortifications, the drop zones of airborne forces and even still see the remains of the artificial harbours that have withstood the pounding of the sea for three quarters of a century. For those living at the time it all looked very different. D-Day is often referred to as the Second Front to the First Front of the German Soviet combat. It was certainly how Stalin saw it when he claimed a lack of effort on the part of his Allies. Of course this is not accurate. We can debate which of four fronts was the Second Front ahead of D-Day. It can be argued that the First Front was the Battle of the Atlantic, including the British Arctic convoys that heroically fought their way to the Russian ports with the weapons and materials that helped the Red Army survive the German assault. The start of the Battle of the Atlantic just pre-dates the start of the RAF's strategic bombing campaign that also took much of the weight off the Red Army, by slowing German production expansion and the development of new weapons, and by drawing back to Germany the 88mm and 120mm heavy anti-aircraft guns that could otherwise have been deployed against the Soviet Frontal Aviation and against Soviet armour. On land there were two fronts that pre-dated the D-Day Landings and provided the experience and boost to morale that made D-Day possible. In North Africa, the British and Commonwealth troops fought a very hard war against the Italians and Germans. Often starved of resources to prop up other theatres, the 8th Army fought against an increasing German armoured force and its aviation support. Every German tank, bomber and fighter deployed to North Africa was one less vital resource that would have been directed against the Soviets. Once the British, with the American Torch Landings, had destroyed the German and Italian forces in North Africa, the way was open to launch a new front against Sicily and Italy at a time when the resources were not available to launch a direct assault on the French coast. Torch provided the experiences of landing a major force on open enemy beaches. This experience was developed by the landings on Sicily and then on the mainland of Italy, including the use of airborne forces in numbers to support the amphibious landings. It also provided the opportunity to test new equipment and see how the Germans reacted to amphibious assault on their prepared defences. The result was that large scale rehearsals for the most dangerous beach landings on the French Coast helped to prepare the Overlord forces and continued to take Germans resources away from their Eastern Front and the Red Army. As the long hard fight up the Italian coasts continued past D-Day, the armies in Italy continued to divert German resources from Normandy and the Eastern Front. Even with the sum of the Battle of the Atlantic, the strategic bombing of Germany, the Mediterranean Front and the Eastern Front, D-Day was still a huge risk. The Allied troops had to land on open beaches against well-prepared German positions with tough dug-in gun batteries and infantry. Any force landing on an enemy beach is at a serious disadvantage and the critical point is the first 48 hours when the attackers gain a foothold and then break out from their bridgehead. This book tells the story in depth and captures the attitudes and hopes of people who were there. It also very effectively captures the epic nature of D-Day, a battle on a scale never before attempted.