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The Definitive Battlefield Guide to the D-Day Normandy Landing Beaches [Paperback]

Major Holt , Mrs Holt
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21 April 2011 D-Day Normandy Landing Beaches
Already the best-selling English-language guide to the area, universally known as 'THE BIBLE', this is the sixth, completely revised, up-to-date, much expanded edition of the DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO THE D-DAY NORMANDY LANDING BEACHES.Written to the same highly acclaimed formula as all of the other books in this important series of Battlefield Guides (Somme, Ypres, Gallipoli, Market-Garden, Western Front - North, Western Front - South). Once again the cold facts are interlaced with anecdotes of bravery, humour, sadness and humanity. This new edition now contains:rnrn All the landing Beaches: JUNO, SWORD, GOLD, OMAHA, UTAH All the Airborne Operations: British and American Two Approach Routes; Six timed and measured Itineraries 21 in-text Itinerary maps, Battle maps & Diagrams Approx 400 recommended sites within the D-Day planned area of advance,rnall with photos, each with Latitude & Longitude references (New for this Edition) Over 400 coloured pictures, 352 pages Memorials / Museums / Batteries / Bunkers / Landing fields Allied and German War Cemeteries Historical background to the landings The Plans and what actually happened Information about Allied and German War Graves Associations Veterans' and other commemorative associations Normandy tourist information: Where to stay / where to eat Cameos about personalities - VCs / MOHs / Poets / Photographers etc...

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Battleground; with GPS References edition (21 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848845707
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848845701
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 15 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By J.P.K.
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I purchased several D-day tour books and I think this was the best, most helpful one. It has pages of full color, present-day photographs and good descriptions of the sights. There are many maps in the book, which are helpful. It's a small enough book to fit in a backpack or handbag without being too heavy, but not small enough to fit in a big pocket in your trousers. The cover is laminated, so the book won't get ruined in the rain that Normandy is known for.

The cost of the book is well worth it. I strongly preferred reading this book and using it as a guide at my own pace, rather than paying over $100 per person for a guided tour. My grandfather landed at Omaha beach on D-day, and I wanted to spend more time seeing that beach and the places he fought. If you're interested in Omaha beach, I recommend also reading Joseph Balkoski's "Omaha Beach" for a thorough recount, and using C"ampaign 100: D-Day 1944 (1) Omaha beach", which has GREAT maps of the battlefield and many pictures taken from the war.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoughts on the above. 20 Sep 2013
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Very comprehensive, but maps not detailed enough, it took some time to find Hillman for example. A pity he panders to the myth that the British and Canadians were slow compared to the Americans, but against all the evidence it has become the accepted story. By and large it was good and I wouldn't have known where to start without it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I have to give credit to the authors for their phenomenal research. The history, text and descriptions are first class, and this is great resource for anyone visiting Normandy with WW2 in mind. The SatNav co-ordinates are really useful.

However, the layout of the book needs a re-think (e.g. start a new location on a new page) and the over-simplified maps let it down. Also, there's too many modern day photos, many not directly linked to the neighbouring text. More photos from 1944 (if they exist and can be found and used) would be welcome.

Nevertheless, it considerably enhanced my experience of what my father must have been through on the Mulberry harbour.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have book for anyone doing the D-Day tour 25 Jun 2014
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A must have book for anyone doing the D-Day tour, written in such a way that you can dip in or out for shorter trips. Full of fascinating historical details and interesting facts about key individuals together with local info on where to stay and eat. Lots of photo's, particularly of individual memorials. Overall, a thoroughly good read and good value for money.
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