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The D-Day Atlas: Anatomy of the Normandy Campaign Hardcover – 13 Apr 2004

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd (13 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500251231
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500251232
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 0.2 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 439,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Pillboxer1940 on 6 Mar. 2008
Format: Hardcover
Distinguished military historian Charles Messenger offers an alternative approach to the subject, explaining the unfolding battles via 70 full colour maps and an incisive accompanying text.

The book is well produced, and although it is in essence still largely just an atlas, bright, colourful, clear computer-created maps interspersed with interesting photographs and line drawings mean that it is far from the dry, old school geography lesson atlases of yore.

This novel cartographic interpretation, coupled with a readable and lucid text, means that the book will appeal to general readers of all ages rather than just the tweedy military historian. If you intend to buy one book for your teenager on the subject, I recommend it to be this one.
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By James Gallen TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 27 Sept. 2014
Format: Paperback
“The D-Day Atlas” tells the story of the D-Day landings and follow-up battles in words and pictures. The maps are numerous, colorful and informative. They show the locations and movements of the various units without the distracting terrain lines found on some other maps. The photos add a sense of realism while the drawings of the ships, planes and tanks provide the engineer’s perspective of the equipment.

Do not let the visual effects overshadow the narrative of the battles. Author Charles Messenger explains the development of the war that set the stage for Overlord. He introduces us to the men, on both sides, who fought it and leads us onto the beaches, into the bocage and through the breakouts. The story did not end there so neither did the book. It completes the tale with the disputes over an Allied land commander, the controversy over the closing of the Failase Pocket and Operation Market Garden (A Bridge Too Far).

“The D-Day Atlas” is an invaluable aid to anyone seeking an understanding of Overlord and its aftermath.

I did receive this in a giveaway. The review was optional.
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Ok so there are many books on D-Day and the Normandy campaign, but for a general overview this book ranks as one of the best - especially for the price. The maps, drawings and the telling are readable, understandable and fine for general interest as well as detail.
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By K. Attfield on 28 Jan. 2015
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excellent book, well worth a read
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