Omaha Beach: D-Day June 6, 1944 Hardcover – 15 Apr 2004
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"This is probably the best book ever written about Omaha Beach."--Bill Stone"Stone & Stone Second World War Books" (03/21/2004) -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Paperback.
About the Author
Joseph Balkoski is Command Historian of the Maryland National Guard and author of Omaha Beach (978-0-8117-3376-2), Utah Beach (978-0-8117-3377-9), and the classic Beyond the Beachhead (978-0-8117-3237-6). He has appeared as a D-Day expert on MSNBC, and his work has been praised by Joe Scarborough, the New York Post, the Washington Times, World War II magazine, and others. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Paperback.
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For the British reader, this is also the first book to do any justice to the extensive role of the Royal Navy on Omaha Beach.
An extremely intresting and informative read.
The book tells the story of the Omaha landings in roughly chronological order from the inception of D-day to the completion of actions on the evening on D-Day. The reader will be gripped by apprehension as Balkoski tells the story of the ineffective aerial bombings and naval barrage and devastation of the first wave of assault troops. Then you will get caught up in the story of individual soldiers and units as they struggle to get off the beach. Balkoski inserts in brackets information into the firsthand accounts to make them more readable and complete and correcting inaccuracies. The book includes good use of maps showing the landing location of units and movement of units down to the company level in most cases. There are also numerous pictures which enhance the story. The book includes several appendixes which provide allied casualties at Omaha, listing of Medal of Honor and Distinguished Service Cross Award recipients on D-Day at Omaha, listing of the allied units involved in the first wave, composition of typical assault boat teams, and uniform and equipment of boat team leaders. My only complaint is that there was very little provided about the German side. The units engaged are identified by regiment and the fortifications are described, but little else is provided about specific unit allocations and movements. The author admits that the source material is very one sided and says there is little available except high command accounts and the majority of the rest can't be fit into the timeline. Regardless, I still enjoyed the book immensely.
Potential readers should keep in mind that this history is extremely focused on the events of Omaha beach. While there is some background into the planning of D-Day, much is left out which the author deemed to be out of scope of Omaha. The author does tell the story of the Eight Air Force pre-landing bombing mission at Omaha beach and arduous cross-channel movements of the Navy Assault Force "O". However, discussions about the other landing (while they are named) are avoided as well as the airborne operations. If you would like to know more about the overall operation and its planning, I would recommend Gordon Harrison's Cross Channel Attack and Cornelius Ryan's The Longest Day: June 6, 1944. Having said that, Balkoski does what he sets out to achieve and any reader would benefit from this account.
This book covers the the reasoning, planning and training for the attack on the beach in some detail. It then covers D-Day in great detail, almost minute by minute in some cases.
IT covers the errors made, the courage of all concerned, especially the naval commanders who disobeyed orders to bring their cargos in much closer to shore. It covers the absolute carnage on the beaches. IT also shows how the fact that the current that took the landing craft away from their target areas actually helped the invasion.
Detailed maps of each small area and at short intervals in time make following the narrative much easier.
Books like this can be boring but I found this one gripping from start to finish. This is helped by quotes from the people concerned and reports made just after the battle that reveal the stories of the actual people involved.
For anyone interested in these battles, this is the book to read. I have read other books on Omaha which were not a patch on this one
I can also recommend Utah Beach by the same author, it has exactly the same format and deals with the airborne and seaborne landings on that beach.
I certainly had been read, it had been opened too wide such that in three places batches of pages had almost come adrift from the spine and I had to repair it!
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