World War II Publication Recounts American Role in Normandy D-Day
On June 6, 1944, a million and a half fighting men from America, Great Britain, Canada, and several other Allied nations were pointed at a single target: the coastline of France's Normandy region. It was D-Day, the start of the Allied liberation of Europe from Nazi German domination. By the day's end, the invasion's spearhead would irrevocably turn the tide of World War II against Adolf Hitler's Nazi Third Reich.
This June 6 is the 70th anniversary of that historic day. To mark the occasion and to share the story of the great invasion with a new generation, AMERICA IN WWII magazine has published REMEMBERING D-DAY, a 100-page special issue now on bookstore newsstands nationwide.
"D-Day was electric with tension and human drama," says AMERICA IN WWII publisher Jim Kushlan, "and success was by no means a sure thing."
In his introduction to REMEMBERING D-DAY, Kushlan points out that General Dwight Eisenhower, the supreme commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force, was terrifyingly aware of that uncertainty.
"Part of him...could imagine an amphibious assault gone horribly wrong...," writes Kushlan. "History's mightiest invasion would wash up on a French beach like driftwood, along with the hopes of the free world and the bodies of countless sons, brothers, husbands, and fathers."
Eisenhower even scrawled a hasty note accepting responsibility for catastrophe, to be delivered in the worst-case scenario. "Fortunately for all of us," writes Kushlan, "Eisenhower never had to send that note."
REMEMBERING D-DAY chronicles Operation Overlord-Eisenhower's carefully orchestrated Normandy Invasion, including Operation Neptune, the amphibious landings-from the planning phase all the way to the establishment of a firm foothold in France, and preparations to push inland.
Featuring a central narrative by author Eric Ethier of Attleboro, Massachusetts, the issue is packed with astonishing historical photos taken by military and press photographers as the invasion unfolded, and actual D-Day artifacts.
Candid first-person accounts of the fighting on June 6, 1944, come from seven D-Day participants. One is the late Arthur "Dutch" Schultz, an 82nd Airborne Division paratrooper portrayed in Cornelius Ryan's 1959 classic book THE LONGEST DAY and the 1962 film of the same name. He dropped behind German lines before sunrise, lost and terrified.