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Introduction The Allied invasion of France on June 6 1944 is variously known as D-Day the Longest Day Cross-Channel Attack and probably some others as well It was the largest single military operation of World War II Hence the Normandy beaches are a must stop if you get anywhere close to France The 50th anniversary celebration in 1994 generated a lot of hype The recent movie Saving Private Ryan rekindled that interest However the landing always held a special niche going back to the event itself Much like Gettysburg the Normandy attack has been studied in great detail -- hour by hour person by person shot by shot Well assume a flight landing in Paris and getting a rental car a must at the airport Then you would drive over to Caen about a 150 miles and spend the night which would put you at the east end of the beaches the next morning This book by Bruce Bilven Jr is a historical documentation of D-Day June 6 1944 The book itself contains a lot of dates names and places which makes it a tough book to follow Bruce Bilven Jr himself took part in the massive D-Day invasion of Omaha Beach as a second Lieutenant in the 29th Division Artillery Drawing on his own experiances as a solider in World War II he wrote two other Landmark Books about the war From Casablanca to Berlin and From Pearl Harbor to Okinawa Since the war he has written The American Revolution as well as many other books articles and reviews He lives with his wife and co-author Naomi and his college-age son in New York City Summary Strategy D-Day began with the concept of the Second Front When Stalins Russia was invaded in 1941 he immediately demanded that his new allies attack Hitler to take off the pressure No matter his past complicity Churchill and
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