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Ure so ubiuitously in the veterans collective memory The former had to keep their craft from stranding the latter did not flinch from heading straight into flak One fact that struck me in the face was his evaluation of the common role of the Rangers the Commandos and the Airborne units This wasn t just about seizing a bridge or a battery Dotted on the map they were protecting the flanks by blocking the main avenues of reinforcement to the beaches Second the veterans It s a pity the book doesn t list them alphabetically The numbers from recordings written uestionnaires over 20 years of his own commemoration interviews on the beaches must run into the hundreds He s as adapt as Hastings at integrating their words into the text where their individual experience adds just that right detail Or at speaking for the silent Few who landed in the town suareof St M re lise stood a chance against the armed and jumpy Germans who machine unned to death those caught in trees or on buildingsThird all those walks along the Calvados coasts have iven him a delicate feel for the round I ve never counted so many Then Now paragraphs to take with me to Normandy next time If there s a piece of bullet scared concrete left he ll tell you If a cemetery or museum has been dropped on it he ll tell you too without regret The second half is best read with a break between each chapter lest they feel repetitive Yet together interesting common features stand out Middle aged Britons weren t wholly wrong in articulating a 1916 feel about the plan the landing shedules were mercilessly tight at 30 minute intervals resulting in a bloody saturation of the beaches The old idea that it d be a walk over because the artillery would ve pancaked absolutely everyone everything as disproved yet again Most tactical bombing prior to H Hour missed their targets Artillery firing from bouncing ships rocket saturation salvoes also boosted than they busted Still the sight of ships than a leopard with measles which covered the sea so that you could almost walk across the Channel never failed to inspire awe or fearOn the other hand those swimming tanks that didn t flounder became a crucial element in unlocking the exits with point blank 75mm fire Tactical leadership from surviving officers down to a notoriously insubordinate private was eually instrumental into etting the infantry on the move by cane revolver if necessary The combat value of each Widerstandsnest varied enormously but once off the beach it became clear that the second line of defences such as the bunker complex Hillman on the route to Caen reuired combined arms operations at batalion level The bocage also triggered an tactical improvisation Overall the North Africa seasoned forces landing on D Day had to learn warfare all over again in NormandyMemorable often underwritten are the contributions of the French resistance ordinary citizenry for whom Paul Verlaine was but one coded message among many The German Osttruppen also perform less stereotypical some hailed from warrior cultures fought tenaciously in any uniform In a similar vein the international composition of a fighter wing or fleet component will never not be spelled out in full even if an overall 80% of that naval support was under the ensign of the Royal Navy the widespread tendency to turn D Day into an American show is an admirable pet peeveOn the German side of things it was impossible to prepare a proper welcome Thanks as much to the deception shemes popularily The Craving grouped under Fortitude as to inter service rivalry there was never agreement on the most likely landing zone For armchair historians it boils down to Pas de Calais is too obvious only Normandy was within fighter range but in situ this was too vague Identifying the separate beaches was beyond the Germans Rommel in the time that rested him chose the lesser of two evils with his focus on building over training The state of the Antlantikwall in spring 43 was too dismal even for SS Panzer divisions to hold Areater folly was the creation of an air portable division while the Allies already ruled the skies 91 Luftlande incl 6 Reg Fallschirmj er Absolutely magnificent ruled the skies 91 Luftlande incl 6 Reg Fallschirmj er Absolutely magnificent literary and historical successor to The Longest Day I am finishing the second of PETER CADDICK ADAMS STEEl books STEEL and SAND I have read hundreds of WWII books and have enjoyed these immensely I have learned a lot that I did not know African American experience in England pre D Day for example not to mention interviews I had never read before I think this book so well written will be a cornerstone of D Day literature Congratulations A Love in Catalina Cove (Catalina Cove great companion to all the fine D Day books I have read from THE LONGEST DAY to Six Armies in Normandy etc I knowood history having read almost all of David Howarth Alan Moorehead Cornelius Ryan John Keegan Andrew Roberts Alex Kershaw Stephen Ambrose Michael Grant plus of course the classic historians incl D Day Over the decades since 6th June 1944 the very term has become iconic It has entered the lexicon of everyday language to signify any day on which a significant landmark event is

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to take But in terms of the D Day the term summons up in the imagination truly Herculean efforts to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds Efforts which culminated in the Allies mounting the largest seaborne invasion fleet the world has ever known sent across the English Channel to defeat the tyranny of the Nazi war machine As a result of D Day s iconography there are countless books movies and TV series depicting the events of that day In other words it is The Million Dollar Goal ground which is extremely well trodden from a historical point of view Anyone who has something approaching a keen interest in twentieth century military history will have heard read or viewed the events being reconstructed through various media Caddick Adams manages to overcome this by not only covering the event in an impressively detailed manner but in debunking some of the commonly held misconceptions on what took place The central argument of Max Hastings Overlord that the Germans were the better army in almost every regard being one easy to recall example When I say that Caddick Adams uses an impressive amount of detail I really mean it The book is close to 900 pages kindle edition so if you want a uick read this isn t the book for you But if you do persevere and read it you will be justly rewarded The book exhaustively details the leadup to the day The deceptions employed by the Allies how effective or ineffective they were the weaponry used on both sides the training involved in preparation the conflicts between US and UK troops the deaths while those troops were training it s really uite spectacular Caddick Adams also strikes me as an author who has a balanced perspective on history Even though I read it well over a decade ago Stephen E Ambrose s eponymously titled book D Day still rankles with me to this day due to it s unashamed America saved the day approach to WW2 history Instead Caddick Adams explains that the Brits and the Canadians had no easy time of it and that the whole day wasn t all about Omaha Beach and the Rangers at Pointe Du HocIn short when I think that in years to come I will try and recall what books are worth reading on the subject of what happened in the months prior to 6th June 1944 and on the day itself this will be the one that stands out as definitive. H and Canadian soldiers toain a foothold in EuropeThe Allied invasion of Europe involved mind boggling logistics including orchestrating the largest flotilla of ships ever assembled Its strategic and psychological demands stretched the Allies to their limits testing the strengths of the bonds of Anglo American leadership Drawing on first hand battlefield research personal testimony and interviews and a commanding Securing Caite grasp of all the archives and literature Caddick Adams'sripping book published on the 75th anniversary of the events does Operations Overlord and Neptune full justic. Sand SteelHe is the first German to see the invasion fleet According to the author s research nobody can remember him being in the bunkers that morning C A speculates that like numerous German Officers he was probably with his French Girlfriend that morningAnother myth is the nature of the German forces defending Omaha Beach As the myth has it the 352nd Inf Div was an Elite formation Mr C A states that it was recently formed it s privates were either volunteers from Russia Poland Czechoslovakia or recently drafted However it s NCOs and Officers were mainly Eastern Front Veterans who knew how to fight hide spoiler Sand and Steel The D Day Invasion and the Liberation of France by Peter Caddick Adams is published by Oxford University PressI am really close to embracing the absurd idea that World War II never happened In particular I can almost find myself believing that the D Day Normandy invasion of France on June 6 1944 never happened No I am not losing my sanity nor am I listening to weird conspiracy theories of crackpotsHere is my thought I cannot fathom how the men at Normandy faced the obstacles encountered the dangers endured the noise and destruction and braved the event I Trudy get frightened by severe storms or near car wrecks on the highway How did these men many who were barely past boyhood do what they did My awe extends beyond the work of just the Americans and I even marvel at the enemies on that dayThis past June 6 marked the 75th anniversary of the D Day landings In light of that a number of books began appearing highlighting the events and retelling the story of Operation Overlord I first learned of Sand Steel from a friend and historian Tony Williams who wrote a fine account of some of the books on this crucial day during World War IIAlong with this book James Holland s Normandy 1944 and Alex Kershaw s The First Wave hit the shelves shortly before the 75 year commemoration There are some older books that arereat treasures as well for studying this event The first reat account was Cornelius Ryan s The Longest Day which was followed up with an all star cast epic movie Stephen Ambrose s D Day June 6 1944 John Keegan s Six Armies in Normandy Max Hasting s Overlord and Antony Beevor s D Day are among the books I have acuired over the years on this eventIt is hard to imagine a book however that is detailed and rigorous in its content that Sand Steel With nearly 900 pages of narrative Caddick Adams oes from event to event from landing to landing and describes the multitude of encounters failures disasters and acts of heroism I was astounded and often simply swamped by the details How could any one man put so much of this story together In his acknowledgments the author talks about his many years of research and many days spent walking the actual battlegrounds He also accessed interviews and personal accounts and The Unlikeliest Hero: The Story of Desmond T. Doss got into the story in time to talk with some of the actual participants He was also at Pointe du Hoc in 1984 when President Ronald Reaganave one of his reatest speeches everSeveral points to be made about this bookThe first 400 pages of this book deal with the planning stages for the invasion I was horrified by the fact that so many soldiers were killed during training exercises oing on all across Britain during 1943 and early 1944 Many men who died fighting the Nazis actually died during mishaps and problems relating to the training drills But if these training drills had not taken place the results would have been worse Those poor uys are just as much fallen heroes as those who actually made it to the beachesThe Germans were working furiously to create defensive mechanisms collectively known as the Atlantic Wall to repel the invasion They were hindered in many ways ranging from lack of supplies to efforts to sabotage their works The beaches of northern France were turned into death zones by the mines barbed wire metal obstacles and other devices Topping the high round were bunkers machine un nests pill boxes and other concrete fortifications stocked with all manner OF WEAPONSTHE ROLE OF AIR POWER weaponsThe role of air power decisive for the Allies but the number of times where bombs fell in the wrong places or did not succeed in destroying enemies locations is incredible Again adding to my disbelief the sheer amount of tonnage dropped on Europe and particularly northern France seems impossible How did people endure the noise of World War IIAs Caddick Adams began describing the various encounters during the landing I found myself wondering how the Allies could possibly have been winning that day One of the most enjoyable features of the book is most enjoyable features of the book is author s short accounts of the men themselves Thankfully a number of personal accounts and interviews have been athered that tell the story from the perspective of the participants Repeatedly the stories are filled with the horrors of seeing people killed and maimed who were standing just inches away Some men did heroic acts while disembarking and hitting the beaches while others cringing and panicking did whatever they could to find safety I stand in awe of allCaddick Adams does a ood job of reassessing some of the previous accounts and stories and myths about D Day Cornelius Ryan s book is outstanding but in a story this big he missed the mark uite a few times Even with 900 pages Caddick Adams is still only skimming the surface of this storyThis book is not for the person who wants to just read a ood account of D Day Maybe someone watches The Longest Day or Saving Private Ryan and they want read a Confessions of an Air Ambulance Doctor good account of D Day Maybe someone watches The Longest Day or Saving Private Ryan and they want learn They shouldo for some of the other shorter accounts But for the student of World War II already well briefed on what happened this book is a reat resource very readable and filled with much that is unforgettable Actually the ebook from Google Play Excellent all the same This book will rank in the Overlord Pantheon next to Ryan Hastings Beevor don t start Ambrose To everyone who has ever had faith in my reviews READ ITAt 900 pages it feels like a Bible even if comprehensiveness necessitates sacrificing depth on somebody s favorite aspect of D Day say Pointe Du Hoc which has its own monograph The volume is evenly split between the preparations the actual landings The first half contains the bulk of historiographic revisions For example the German meteorology services were far from inept they could read a front coming in from Iceland as well as mavericks in Kent but they differed in their interpretation 4 6 feet high waves were deemed too severe for the enemy to land since all amphibious operations on the Atlantic Mediterranean coasts had taken place during fair weather Numerous uestion marks are raised anchored with convincing arguments against Cornelius Ryan when the classified nature of ULTRA doesn t excuse him and all recent authors which have perpetuated his errors or added their own A favourite Anglo American dispute is Monty etting stuck in front of Caen it was also part of the plan to draw German reinforcements while US troops broke through further southOn the other hand he tips his hat to Ryan and the Longest Day they are our 6 1/2 Body Parts (Body Movers, gateway drug will always prove an easy link to the facts in our memory palace Caddick Adams benefits from three fountains of knowledge here First is his own military experience including airborne drops amphibious assault This allows him to absolve the cowardly coxswains and ineptlider pilots which feat. G the build up to the invasion including the elaborate and lavish campaigns to deceive Germans as to where and when the invasion would take place Caddick Adams Gökyüzü Mavi Kaldı gives a full and detailed account of the German preparations the formidable Atlantikwall and Field Marshal Erwin Rommel's plans to make Europe impregnable plans not completed by June 6 Sand and Steel reveals precisely what lay in wait for the Allies But the heart of the book is Caddick Adams' narratives of the five beaches where the terrible drama played out Utah Omaha Gold Juno and Sword and the attempt by American Britis. This is the definitive history Caddick Adams updates and corrects Cornelius Ryan using both the book and the film The Longest Day as a reference point through out As I have seen the movie a dozen times this made it easier to find my way around the various beaches and bridges 800 pages of carefully footnoted narrative supplemented by excellent maps The corrects a lot of missed or erroneous notions that have found their way into standard histories of this battle Fir example the fierce struggle for Juno beach fought by the Canadians has always beeniven short shrift as a relative cake walk compared to Omaha The author present convincing evidence that this beach was hotly contested and Corps Values: Everything You Need to Know I Learned In the Marines gives the Canadians due praise for making the deepest penetration of Normandy by the end of the day Anyone interested in a thoughtful appraisal of the battle and a review of the historiography of the same must read Sand and Steel Rewarding for those Fascinated by D DayThose who tackle this 900 page book are likely fascinated by World War II and the D Day landings in Normandy Even if one has read other accounts he If you could only have one book on D Day then I would recommend this book It covers every aspect of the battle and has a lot of details that most other books omit The author also addresses some of the common myths that have arisen about the invasion since Cornelius Ryan first wrote The Longest DayThe book could be considered to be in two parts the lead up to the battle and the actual invasionbattle The lead up to the battle covers several aspects Not only does it cover the military situation at the time how both the Axis and Allies were situated but interestingly how each of the main participants arrived to that point in time So for example for the American and Canadian forces it talked about their arrival in the United Kingdom and the social and cultural reactions to their arrival It was interesting and disturbing when for example the author talked about the American s policy of racial segregation and how the British were not used to this and unfortunately for the sake of avoiding confrontation the Britishovernment allowed the USA to continue the policy while in the UK Also in the lead up to the invasion he covers the training the participants did to The Sun Shines Over the Sanggan River get ready for the invasion If you thought that they were just sitting around waiting too well after reading this you will realize that this was not true He covers all the different exercises that occurred to ensure that the invasion would be successful including examples of how dangerous the training was spoiler there were fatalities and casualties in the trainingThe second half of the book was the invasion starting from the departure from various ports around England and the voyage across the channel and the landing on the beaches The way the author did it was beach by beach so a chapter on each beach I thought that this was an excellent way to depict it There are a lot of details on each beach and allows you to THIEME Atlas of Anatomy: Head and Neuroanatomy get a better understanding of the invasionOverall I thought this was areat book and would highly recommend it One thing as a Canadian that I liked was that he actually includes the Canadian contribution to the operation a lot of writers just lump the Canadians with the British forces and he even talked about CANLoan officers something a lot of people don t know about My one minor complaint about the book is that a few times when iving examples of points he seemed to et repetitive with the personal reflections from participants This only occurred once or twice so not a big dealFinally this is a big book hardcover is 1025 pages so it does take a while to read but well worth the time If any book deserves the subtitle of Everything you wanted to know about D Day but were afraid to ask to paraphrase a title from my youth it is this one Mr Caddick Adams C A has produced the most complete look at Operation Overlord that I personally have ever read Coming in
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just under pages of text in the US version it is a bit of a doorstop In spite of its length it is very very enjoyable read Mr C A is fast becoming one of the Go To authors on World War IIIn the first half of the narrative Mr C A tells the reader just how Operation Overlord came to be From its beginnings in the COSSAC staff work under British General Fredrick Morgan through to the final plan produced by Montgomery and Eisenhower In this section of the narrative the author takes pains to credit Morgan and his staff for their planning flatly Stating It Is The Basis The it is the basis for the SHAFE plan was actually carried out C A states the contrary to the criticisms leveled about the plan both at the time and later about lack of imangination Morgan was working with actual constraints of available personal and probably importantly landing craft These limitations held him to a 3 division landing force The beaches he and his staff identified actually became the 3 British BeachesIn telling the story of the training Mr C A River Bodies (Northampton County, gives an excellent telling of the disaster that happened off of Slappton Sands in April 1944 where German E Boats were able to attack an LST Convoy sinking 2 and severely damaging 2 and killing than 800 troops He also tells of the development of training areas in England Both the US and British forces outright confiscated many old manors and villages and after the war they were in no condition toive them back to there prewar owners and inhabitants Even today many are still uninhabitedIn addition to the Allied preparation the author also Dept. of Reproductive Management gives an excellent accounting of just what their opponents were doing His assessment the German Army defending the beaches in a departure from conventional understanding The author states that in addition to a large percentage not even being German they were not very well trained He states that unlike the Allies most of the German troops spent the 6 mths leading up to D Day building bunkers and beach obstacles not learningrefreshing their knowledge of the military arts Mr C A also feels that their upper leadership esp the 7th Army Commander where not up to the high standards of the German ArmyHis telling of the actual invasion is superb C A starts with the Airborne drops and then takes each invasion beach in turn starting with Utah Beach and ending with the relief of the Glider forces holding the bridges over the Orne River and the Caen Canal by Lord Lovat and his commandos He tells the story from both sides and tries to debunk some of the myths that have arisen about the invasion view spoiler Some of them include landing craft Coxswain dropping troops off early and transport aircraft pilots dropping their paratroopers all over the place due to cowardness that there was only 2 sorties by the Luftwaffe on D Day among many others Another one of the stories he debunks is the tale of an American Company Commander pulling his45 on the cox n on his Land Craft Assault LCA The author states that nobody who was around including the survivors from that LCA and other LCAs in the immediate vicinity remember it happening The authoroes on to explain why it was likely physically impossible The Captain was in the front of the LCA the Cox n in back and the LCA was so tightly packed the capt couldn t have Beneath This Ink gotten back to the cox n Another story he tries to correct is that of German Major Pluskat If you have seen the movie the Longest Day. Peter Caddick Adams's account of the Allied invasion of France in June 1944 matches the monumental achievement of his book on the Battle of the Bulge Snow and Steel which Richard Overy has called the standard history of this climactic confrontation in the West Sand and Steelives us D Day arguably the reatest and most conseuential military operation of modern times beginning with the years of painstaking and costly preparation through to the pitched battles fought along France's northern coast from Omaha Beach to the Falaise and the push east to StrasbourgIn addition to coverin. ,

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