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Cover Up at Omaha Beach: Maisy Battery and the US Rangers Hardcover – 21 Nov 2013


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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Military (21 Nov 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1848844891
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848844896
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.6 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 167,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gary Sterne is a keen collector of militaria and was a co-founder of The Armourer and Skirmish Magazines. He has always been fascinated with the D-day landings and in particular was intrigued by the lack of precise information relating the mystery of the "missing guns" of Pointe du Hoc. His research led to the finding of a map which indicated the position of an "unknown" German gun position buried in the village of Maisy. After buying the land and some years of struggling with the French authorities, he was able to open the huge site to the public. The re-discovery of the Maisy Battery made headline news around the world and has subsequently changed the history of the Omaha Sector forever. The site is now one of the major Normandy D-day attractions. www.maisybattery.com

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. T. Hickman on 1 July 2014
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This book is a frustrating mixture of very interesting research, original pictures and maps seldom seen, thoughtful speculation and conclusions. It could have been very good indeed with an independent editor to cut out the repetitions, lack of consistency in presentation, confusing time sequences, illegible maps. A couple of pages from the end the author admits to cramming in the material to meet a publishing deadline, and says there is more material yet, enough maybe for a second book! My advice would be to rewrite this first book, giving far more thought to layout and presentation and putting lots of the research into appendices, and to get it properly edited. Nevertheless I give it three stars because this story of The US Rangers deserves to be told and the underlying mystery of Point de Hoc versus Maisy needs to be explored, and the author has invested much time and money in the venture. Good luck to him.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Neil Watson on 26 July 2014
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Excellent account overall.

The bit about the alledged cover up is the final chapter only and is most interesting although we feel that there was no definate answer or statement as to the reason for the cover up - only supposition. Maybe the reason will emerge in the next 60 years?
And the reason for the Maisy battery being covered after the end of the war seems to have slipped by.
However, the lead up to it is the most detailed and interwoven story I've read yet. Brilliant. We need more like it.

My father and I read this book and agreed that the book lacks a clear relation between text and maps.
The wartime maps are very good for demonstrative purposes and perhaps having the wartime maps as an overlay on modern maps to indicate more clearly exactly what and where he is on about would be beneficial.
Some of the aerial photos are oriented south to north (as opposed to the usual north to south) which is extremely confusing until you realise this is the case. Again, the descriptors do not point this out and found this unecessarily confusing.
Also, on several of the aerial photos the descriptor suggests the battery is there somewhere, but for the sake of an arrow showing the exact area we were dealing with, again, unecessarily confusing.

Other than these nit-picking points, an extremely good read.

If you look at Google maps, Maisy battery is not a tourist attraction evidenced by the lack of car park and the stuff that Mr Sterne has placed there, yet it is quite clear that there are things there in the ground (yet if you review Google street view, this is more recent and shows these things in place).
I find it incredible that this has not been "discovered" before, perhaps even for local children to have played there or whatever - hence the reason for Mr Sterne's book.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Moonlight Shadow on 6 July 2014
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Absolutely gripping stuff so far, which immerses the reader into a complete range of first hand chronological accounts (not just U.S. and not just Rangers). We Brits can feel involved as the Rangers were trained on our soil. Having visited Maisy Battery myself, it appears that a conspiracy of silence must have occurred for reasons that we may never know. Certainly, for Eisenhower, it was imperative for the Rangers to take the Pointe du Hoc for propaganda purposes and (possibly) to convince the Axis that our Intelligence wasn't that great. However, it is common knowledge today that the big guns at Pointe du Hoc just weren't there on D-Day. Maisy, on the other hand, is still emerging to be a major player that could have undermined the U.S. efforts to secure the Normandy beaches. The Rangers found the secret Battery and this is their story which will hopefully fill in some of the gaps in the official history..
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By CHRISPYB on 24 Feb 2014
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I have just finished reading it, and what a read - Gary Sterne gives his readers incredible detail, reflecting painstaking research, much of it based on fascinating interviews with elderly surviving Rangers. The pace of the book never slackens from start to finish, painting a vivid picture of heroism, horror and loss, in their struggle to gain ground over those first vital three days, culminating in the attack on the almost unknown Maisey battery. This would make the best film of them all.
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