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Forgotten Voices of D-Day: A Powerful New History of the Normandy Landings in the Words of Those Who Were There [Paperback]

Roderick Bailey
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13 May 2010

6 June 1944: Allied forces cross the Channel and begin fighting their way into Nazi-occupied Europe.

'Bullets just came at you like raindrops. You could hear them whistling and passing you and hitting the ground near you but you just kept going on.'

Private William Edward Lloyd, 2nd Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment

This is the compelling story of the Normandy Landings told by the paratroopers and commandos who were first on enemy territory, the intelligence officers who planned the assault, the crewmen who piloted the landing craft to the beaches, and the ordinary soldiers who waded ashore under fire.

Codenamed Operation Overlord, D-Day was one of the biggest military operations ever attempted. Planned over three years in the greatest secrecy it involved 3.5 million soldiers, sailors and airmen from all the Allied countries, who all shared the same objective: to liberate Europe from the Nazi occupation. Almost four years to the day since the last of the disordered and defeated British Army was rescued from the beaches of Dunkirk, D-Day may have only been the start of the long fight to Berlin, but it was also the beginning of the end of the long and bloody conflict.

Featuring a mass of previously unpublished material, Forgotten Voices of D-Day is a powerful record that tells what it was really like to be involved on that fateful day, which finally and decisively turned the tide of the Second World War.


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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (13 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091930693
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091930691
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The most recent of Ebury's admirable series ... a wonderful selection of first-hand accounts of D-Day by British servicemen" -- Richard Holmes Evening Standard "Incomparable. The voices speak with utter immediacy of fear, determination, bewilderment, indifference, and unmistakable courage" Spectator "Excellent ... An exciting read" Family History Monthly

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A powerful history of the one of the most remarkable days in British military history, told by those who were there

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten Voices of D-Day 5 Jun 2009
Format:Hardcover
An excellent collection of memories from those who took part in this momentous invasion. The words are strict quotes from representatives of all ranks in the language of the individual, making this the most personal and emotional account of D-Day that I have read. Do not wonder why old soldiers often do not speak of such days, just wonder how most lived a normal life after the event.
This is war as seen by soldiers, sailors, airmen and planners, not later analysis by historians. It is an account of bravery, death and horific wounds. It tells of men facing unbelievable odds, the loss of friends and colleagues and yet overcoming the enemy and placing a firm foot on Europe on this, the first day of the long last battle of the second world war.
Read it and be thankful for the sacrifices made that day.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hopefully not forgotten voices 6 July 2009
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I bought this book for my husband, who has enjoyed other books from this series. He thoroughly enjoyed reading it, as the first hand accounts are both fascinating and extrememly moving. The book is very easy to dip into because of its format. My father fought on the Normandy beaches, and so it was especially important for us to read this book. No one can tell the story better than those who were there, and we should record their experiences while they are still with us. Lets hope their sacrifice along with their voices are never forgotten.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute must 7 Jun 2010
By DavyA TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
The Forgotten Voices series of books are, for me, some of the most moving, eye opening and valuable insights into war and its impact on individuals that are available.
Forgotten Voices of D Day, carries on in the same vein as previous worthy volumes. This is eye witness, participant history of the highest order.
From bomber and glider pilots to naval personnel, paratroopers to meteorologists, Royal Marines to the infantry and even the contribution of conscientious objectors - it's all here, the whole range of human emotion and achievement in the face of huge adversity.
This book sets its stall out early on - one of its "missions" is to redress the balance. That is, to show the D Day landings were not solely an American venture - as the book points out, recent film and TV portrayals and indeed, some non fiction writing, has been dismissive (and in my opinion hugely disrespectful) about the contribution made to the D Day landings by British armed forces and indeed the level of challenge they faced.
This is D Day, unashamedly from a British perspective.
This book covers the preparation, the postponement, the raids on vital bridges and batteries, the landings and the push inland.
The entries are vivid and you can only admire the strength of character of the people whose accounts are included (and of course the many thousands whose are not).
There is so much to admire in this book. It is not just the bravery and utter drive and determination of the people involved it's also their sense of humour and penchant for understatement which goes towards making this a harrowing, exciting,emotional and educational read.
If you are not gripped, if you are not moved, when you read this book,then you may as well give up !
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lest we forget 13 Jun 2009
Format:Hardcover
It makes me feel humble when I read of the sacrifices made by so many people on our behalf. I would probably not have the freedom and right to even be writing this review should their sacrifices have been in vain. The fact I am able is testament to the bravery, skill and dogged determination to see the job through. This book should be on every school Curriculum. Buy it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars at last a british d-day story 12 Mar 2011
Format:Paperback
I am very pleased with this book. there is a tendency for D-day to be overpublished nowadays, it probably being the battle with the most literature on. The thing is people tend to focus most heavily on the airborne and omaha beach campaigns, indeed some very good films have been made about both. The thing is there were five beaches on D-day and until now not very much wider market material has been published on the British beaches.

This book as all the other books in this series, brings the whole story to life. the build up with slapton disaster, right up to the end of the first day. the british contribution was equally as important and I feel that this book finally creates the much needed balance to the history of this famous battle.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone. this book expertly tells a story that simply has to be known by people in this country in order to preserve our historic struggle in WW2, buy it!!!!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful veterans accounts of d day 22 Jan 2010
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This book is an excellent veterans account of the D Day, and what happened on the 6th June 1944. Quite an emotional read.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WWII 6 Jan 2010
Format:Hardcover
If interested in World War II - excellent book to read from a different perspective of those who were there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten Voices of D Day 11 Oct 2009
Format:Hardcover
An excellent very readable and at times emotional epic. A valuable addition to any history section and should be compulsory in all secordary schools.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I haven't been able to put it down. While ...
I haven't been able to put it down. While there is a brief intro to each 'beach' it would suit a reader with a wider knowledge of WWII.
Published 15 days ago by Gerry Swift
5.0 out of 5 stars ... you back to a time when all was not good with the world but
very moving takes you back to a time when all was not good with the world but, well worth reading.
Published 16 days ago by julie richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading
A well put-together account of the British role in the planning and execution of D-Day. Amazing
stories of bravery, tragedy and farce. Read more
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Published 1 month ago by margaret miller
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I would recommend this book to anybody who is interested in history and recent history in particular, this book as it says is full of what were very secret operations during the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Viza
4.0 out of 5 stars Slightly disappointing
Although this book suffers from the perennial curse of this series; photo's are printed on ordinary paper; it's a more minor issue in this one. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mr M.R.Watkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely powerful film
The DVD set was amazing. I thought I would only watch one a week but ended up watching 2 each night! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Karen Irvine
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Amazing Book!
This book was fantastic!. I have recently been on a trip to Normandy and visited a lot of places talked about in the book so it was amazing to be able to picture where the... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Greg Osborn
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