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The Americans on D-Day: A Photographic History of the Normandy Invasion (Hardcover)
Experience the all-important Normandy invasion through some of D-Day's most incredible photographs. Although it took a multinational coalition to conduct World War II's amphibious D-Day landings, the U.S. military made a major contribution to the operation that created mighty American legends and unforgettable heroes. In The Americans on D-Day: A Photographic History of the Normandy Invasion, WWI historian Martin K. A. Morgan presents 450 of the most compelling and dramatic photographs captured in northern France during the first day and week of its liberation. With eight chapters of place-setting author introductions, riveting period imagery, and highly detailed explanatory captions, Morgan offers anyone interested in D-Day a fresh look at a campaign that was fought seven decades ago, yet remains the object of unwavering interest to this day. While some of these images are familiar, they have been treated anonymously for far too long and haven't been placed within the proper context of time or place. Many others have never been published before. Together, these photographs reveal minute details about weapons, uniforms, and equipment, while simultaneously narrating an intimate human story of triumph, tragedy, and sacrifice. From Omaha Beach to Utah, from Sainte-Mère-Église to Pointe du Hoc, The Americans on D-Day is a striking visual record of the epic air, sea, and land battle that was the Normandy invasion.
About the Author
Martin K.A. Morgan is an author and historian who studies and is an expert on the American experience in World War II. He is the author of Down to Earth (Schiffer, 2004) and The Americans on D-Day (Zenith Press, 2014). Morgan is also a frequent contributor to World War II Quarterly, The American Rifleman, Aviation History, World War II, World War II History, Armchair General, The Garand Collector's Association Journal (France), and After the Battle (England). In addition to publishing, for the past ten years Martin has been a regular talking head on TV on programs such as Discovery, National Geographic, History, H2, The Weather Channel, Syfy, The Outdoor Channel, and The Military Channel. He has worked as a park ranger and museum professional, worked for the Alabama Historical Commission at Fort Morgan Historic Site, and served as historian-in-residence at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana.
"Martin K. A. Morgan is an expert on the America armed forces on D-Day. His detailed knowledge provides both professional and casual readers a deeper understanding of the battle for Normandy. Mr. Morgan's research took him from the National Archives research rooms to across ‘the pond,' where he found unseen and extant photographs from the Imperial War Museum and other European facilities. As a historian and tour guide, he has visited almost every square foot of ground fought over by American ground and airborne soldiers. His intimate understanding of the battlefields, bunkers, and farmhouses that saw some of the most intense fighting uniquely qualifies him to explain these photographs and their significance to history like no other. This book is simply another great achievement in Mr. Morgan's distinguished career." -Kevin M. Hymel, Author of Patton's Photographs: War as He Saw It (2006)
"...a stunning tour de force of photos documenting the American invasion of Normandy." - John Gresham, Military Monday Radio
"Marty Morgan has become perhaps his generation's leading scholar of the Normandy campaign. His unique compilation of photos from the low-tide mark inland to the hedgerows is a rare contribution to our understanding of that historic event." -Barrett Tillman, Author of Brassey's D-Day Encyclopedia (2005)
"Martin Morgan has spent years gathering and studying these images. He has walked the hallowed invasion beaches countless times. He has dug deeply into archives in multiple countries, poring over image after image. Over the years, he has befriended large numbers of veterans, many of whom have been kind enough to trust him with their own pictures. Sit back and enjoy a fresh look at one of history's most significant events, as seen through the keen eyes of the talented photographers of yesteryear and a fine historian of our own time." -From the introduction by John C. McManus
"This is a new 70th anniversary commemorative photographic history of the June 6th, 1944 D-Day landing in Normandy, France. This is a large, coffee table book that contains over 450 images taken by Army, Navy and Coast Guard photographers as well as some personal photos. Several of these photos are familiar and have been seen before but many of these images have not been published. The American effort was an ‘epic' undertaking by air, sea and land from the UTAH to OMAHA beaches, Sainte-Mere-Eglise to Pointe Du Hoc through the break out at Saint-Lo. The detail and descriptions of locations, vehicles, equipment, weapons and uniforms are uniquely informative and interesting. Many location photos have been updated with current views for comparison purposes. This is a great resource for anyone who would like a more intimate and revealing study of D-Day 1944." - National 4th Infantry (IVY) Division Association Newsletter The Ivy Leaves
"What really makes The Americans on D-Day stand out amidst other comparative D-Day histories is the captioning. The level of detail in every caption is unsurpassed. Even the most knowledgeable reader of The Americans on D-Day would be hard-pressed to walk away from the book without gleaning something new from its pages. As the 70th anniversary comes and goes, prompting new scholarship on D-Day, The Americans on D-Day is a worthy investment." - DefenseMediaNetwork.com
"Morgan offers a comprehensive photographic history of the American experience before, during, and after the D-Day landings on June 6, 1944. He blends personal narrative, small-unit combat, and the massive effort of storming the beaches into a cohesive whole that stands as a story unto itself, or a jumping-on point for those looking to learn more about the Americans on D-Day. It's one thing for a historian or reader interested in history to sit down with a book and pore through the text, and it's quite another to sit down and see the faces of the men who fought to break Hitler's hold on Europe. The Americans on D-Day is a great addition to the historical record, and one that everyone should read at least once." - ArmchairGeneral.com