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Gold, Juno, Sword [Hardcover]

Georges Bernage
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13 May 2003
On 6th June 1944, the Allied armies won a glorious victory in the battle of the Normandy beaches, the first phase of the Allied plan for the liberation of Europe from the northwest, Operation Overlord. Here, at last, is an illustrated hour by hour account of the D-Day landings in the British sector, from Asnelles to Ouistreham: The German defensive troops and the Atlantic Wall; The British and Canadian troops which assaulted the beaches; Weapons, equipment and tactics; The personalities: Major General Rennie, Lord Lovat, Major General Keller, Major General Graham; The Canadian advance on Juno; The British Sector after D-Day: consolidation on June 7th and 8th

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Editions Heimdal (13 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2840481685
  • ISBN-13: 978-2840481683
  • Product Dimensions: 30.7 x 21.3 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,229,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Gold Juno Sword by Georges Bernage 3 Sep 2003
OK- I don't know how to describe this book. Maybe it's one for us anoraks!- I am a born-again plastic modeller. I bought it in France after having visited Normandy and the Overlord beaches, so I initially saw it as a combination of reference book and keepsake; I don't know about anybody else, but my digital photos tend to remain in digital form.
However, the book offers far more. It starts with the background preparations, the build up to the invasion, as well as going into detail as to what the German defences consisted of, and who those defenders were. It continues to give detailed accounts of the operations, step by step, beach by beach, action by action.
Each section is lavishly illustrated with many of the photos unfamiliar to this reader, often depicting a sequence of events.
The German defence systems are given a detailed inspection which appealed to the anorak in me as, again, there are many photos of gun emplacements etc. both before and after combat. The period photos as well as providing a wealth of information for modellers, are often poignant but aways relevant to the text- no 'filler' here.
The period photographs have been interspersed with modern shots of the same locations (including Lord Lovatt's piper Bill Millin in bagpipe-action on the beach in 1944 and again over 50 years later). Somewhat surprisingly many of these locations are pretty much the same as they were almost sixty years ago. Many of the preserved (and some of the not-so-well preserved) coastal defences are shown, along with locations, should you wish to visit, as well as many of the monuments.
Moreover, this book concentrates on the British, Canadian and French activities of D-Day. Hooray.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For the specialist 23 April 2004
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Making up for what it lacks in readability with shear mass of interestinginformation, Gold Juno Sword is a book made purely for the specialist.Written for a mid-Channel audience, the book is presented in French withan adequate English translation, but it does contain the occasional error.Yet, this is not really a book to read from cover to cover in a sustainedcampaign, but rather a book to raid occasionally for information. The bookopens with its best segment: an incredibly detailed description of thebeach defenses, illustrated throughout with annotated period maps andschismatic diagrams of the various bunkers. Bernage goes onto describe theCommonwealth forces, including a good narrative on the specialized 79thArmoured Division, the naval side of the operation, and then the combat oneach of the three beaches. The book contains many period and modernphotographs of the beaches and their fortifications. If you are afanatical about military detail or want to really understand the landingsat the tactical level, then here is a book for you, otherwise trysomething more mainstream.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Particulary Fresh 8 Feb 2008
By Igors Karpovs - Published on Amazon.com
This books adds nothing seriously new, but some moments are interesting. The plus - big crisp photos on glossy paper, covering all moments of the assault on Gold, Juno and Sword beaches. If you are a newbie in this campaign, you are welcome. If you are a prominent researcher, it brings to you at least superb photos. Well done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars gold juno sword 24 Aug 2012
By whammer - Published on Amazon.com
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this is an excellent book about the 3 beaches and their surrounding area in France. Accurate history, information and unique one of a kind photographs in both black and white and color. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the history of D-Day and this area of Frnace.
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