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D-Day, June 6 1944: Following in the Footsteps of Heroes [Paperback]

Stuart Robertson , Dale Booth
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15 April 2014
This book provides a unique insight into one of the most important days in World history, the World's greatest ever seaborne invasion - June 6th 1944 - D-Day. Drawing upon four decades of research and two decades of working the battlefields as the region's foremost guides, the authors use a compelling combination of background narrative and first-hand accounts provided exclusively to them by many veterans. This comprehensively illustrated book serves as an essential accompaniment to any visit to the region, includes directions of how to find the important sites, what to see during a visit to the battlefields, and how to discover the lesser known areas only familiar to those with an intimate knowledge of the area. To be used as a history book or as a guidebook for visitors to the battlefield, 'Following in the Footsteps of Heroes' will touch every reader and provide to those who previously knew nothing of the subject or those who have previously studied it in depth, a new perspective into one of the greatest military feats ever achieved. Historical reference and essential guidebook. Comprehensively illustrated with over 240 photographs and maps. Written and researched by the regions foremost battlefield guides. Includes exclusive first-hand accounts by D-Day veterans. All author royalties donated to two charities which help maintain Normandy battlefield sites.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Sabrestorm Publishing (15 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781220042
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781220047
  • Product Dimensions: 25.6 x 18 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 404,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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STUART ROBERTSON Stuart Robertson is a history graduate of the University of Leeds (UK) and full time battlefield guide. After working as an archivist with the UK Ministry of Defence he has been a permanent resident of Normandy since 2004. Stuart has shared his extensive knowledge with thousands of visitors to the region including past and present military personnel, security services from across the globe, currently serving and retired politicians, many university groups and a multitude of individuals and organisations who have travelled from all over the world to tour with him. He is most proud of his association with the many Normandy Veterans he has met and become friends with. DALE BOOTH Dale Booth spent five years in the British Army as an Infantryman during which he experienced two active tours. Having a passionate interest in the Second World War and an in-depth knowledge of life as a soldier he moved to Normandy in 2003 and has worked as a battlefield guide ever since. With a broad and in-depth knowledge of the Normandy Battles both authors are now full time battlefield guides offering bespoke tours of the region.

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5.0 out of 5 stars MUST HAVE BOOK OF THE DECADE 5 April 2014
We'll done Stuart and Dale. This book was four years in the making and it was worth the wait. You have depth, detail and first hand accounts from the veterans themselves. This book is not only a essential guide book to accompany you on a battlefield tour, but a first class historical reference book that should take pride of place in anyone's Library.

I have studied this subject for a great number of years and guided many hundreds of in depth battlefield tours in Normandy. This is the book I recommend to all my clients.

Duncan Hollands (Snco British army retired).
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This book is awash with fascinating anecdotes which really set the scene on a subject I thought I knew a lot about. There is sufficient technical detail such as the names of units, weaponry, etc. without breaking the flow of the narrative. Unusually for a book of this nature I had difficulty putting it down, reading it in great chunks which for a serious non-fiction work says much for the book's readability
The subject is divided up into geographical sections and the events in these sections dealt with in a 'time logical' manner which enables the reader to stay abreast of various actions as they happened. As my wife's uncle is a surviving member of the famous battle for Pegasus Bridge I am very familiar with the D Day subject but the two authors are to be congratulated on producing a genuinely new look at that momentous day. In short, if you want a book in the car on the subject when visiting the battlegrounds, then, with the built-in guidance on where to park, visit and friendly traveling time hints, this is the only book you'll need with you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can you put it down? 6 Jun 2014
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I've learnt in life that given the chance I should get a personal tour guide if I want to learn about a subject. This book is that guide. The topic is high profile due to the 70 year anniversary, highlighted by the author Stuart Robertson being interviewed on Radio 5 live this morning at 6am from Arromanches! A nice co-incidence as I've nearly finished the book, hence me writing this on this day.
It's a powerful book with an amazing story unfolding about a generation we will not see the like of again.
Each beach or battle has it's chapter, also broken down into American and English angles with hero's and villain snap shots. Great photographs. Warning, it is difficult to put down when reading at bed time. I now want to go to the area to see where all the helpful guides are given. The introduction from a D-Day Veteran is a tear jerking start to make you realise the scale and sacrifices made 70 years ago. Try putting it down. Regards
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great insight. 2 May 2014
A fantastic book that was clearly a labour of love for the two authors. The book is well laid out, and has lots of maps and pictures which really add to the narrative. This book would be ideal for doing a self tour of the becahes and battles, and also for those who just want to know more about D-Day. There is great attention to detail and the first hand accounts from the veterans really add colour and personal insight to the story. Highly recommended!
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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  7 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars and his book sounds much like he talks 3 July 2014
By Laura Piazza - Published on Amazon.com
Stuart Robertson was our tour guide for the Normandy beaches last summer, and his book sounds much like he talks: exuberant, factually accurate, passionate about what happened there. He's a masterful story-teller, and the book reflects this. I especially like the sidebars and the photos, including biographical information about many of the heroes mentioned in the book.

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in D-Day, either before or after a visit to the Normandy beaches. If before, there are clear directions for how and when to access many of the sites and what you'll see there. If after, it's a wonderful remembrance of your time there. Either way, the profits go to D-Day related charities, so I highly recommend purchasing this book.

Why 4 stars and not 5? I wish the maps were more lay person friendly.
5.0 out of 5 stars Following in the Footsteps of Heroes is an excellent overall account of the Normandy Invasion 2 July 2014
By Robert E. Houston - Published on Amazon.com
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Stuart Robertson is not only an excellent author, but his knowledge of both the British/Commonwealth and American Sectors on D-Day is phenomenal. Being very familiar with the Seaborne and Airborne forces of the United States on D-Day, I have read very little on the British/Commonwealth forces. As an American, naturally I am proud of our forces before, then and in the present. After reading the accounts Stuart has written very well as well as the interviews with B/C Veterans, I feel that their role here in the U.S. has been seriously underestimated.
If you are interested in the greatest military operation ever undertaken, I highly recommend this book as one of the "musts" in your library. If you are lucky enough to visit Normandy, you will do no better that to obtain a tour with Stuart as your guide! Overall, Following in the Footsteps of Heroes is an excellent overall account of the Normandy Invasion.
5.0 out of 5 stars Thee Best 15 Jun 2014
By Michael McGowan - Published on Amazon.com
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Having visited the Normandy battlefields many times and consulted with many guidebooks I was very pleased with this book! it has just the right mixture of historic information as to why the sites visited are significant and practical information to get you to them. The book is made of high quality paper and durable. This is a must for a guidebook that will be consulted in all types of weather in the field.This book is an excellent addition to visiting the Normandy battlefields.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource, or history guide 4 Jun 2014
By Scott Hatch - Published on Amazon.com
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As a casual consumer of travel and history, I found this book very exciting. The visual layout is beautiful, and full of inviting photos, and facts that are well covered. I have visited Normandy as a tourist, and found the recap of places I have been to be great. It gives me a 'behind the story' level of information that you just don't get on your own. Good travel guide.
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Book on D-Day 3 Jun 2014
By Patrick White - Published on Amazon.com
Not only have the authors provided a great historical overview of D-Day but the many vignettes of the heroics on that day are spectacular. It's well worth the read and can also serve as a guide for those who do a self-tour of the battlefields. Everyone should be aware of the details behind one of the most momentous days in history.
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