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"Well-written, accurate, and interesting." -C. G. Sweeting, author of Hitler's Squadron: The Fuehrer's Personal Aircraft and Transportation Unit, 1933-45

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This authoritative encyclopedia provides detailed entries for everything you ever wanted to know about D-Day, the invasion of Normandy. Organized alphabetically, the entries give in-depth descriptions of weapons, equipment, divisions, air and naval units, geography, terminology, personalities, and more. Cross-references make the book easy to use. With hundreds of entries, D-Day Encyclopedia is an indispensable reference tool for history buffs and interesting browsing for readers who want to know more about World War II's greatest campaign.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc.; First Edition edition (April 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574887602
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574887600
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,167,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Barrett Tillman (b. 1948) was born into a NE Oregon ranching family and developed an early interest in aviation history. He learned to fly as a teenager, was first published at age 15, and graduated from the University of Oregon with a journalism degree in 1971. He has worked as a newspaper reporter, book publisher, and magazine editor, but has been self employed all but seven years since graduating from college. Though best known for his histories of US naval aviation, he also has published six novels plus short stories, and has sold a screenplay.

Tillman continues writing nonfiction books and has written more than 550 articles in the US and abroad. He frequently appears as a commentator on TV documentaries in addition to his speaking appearances. The recipient of six writing awards, he lives with his wife in Arizona.

Tillman's web site and blog are found at www.btillman.com.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Retiredohsix on July 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
How did this little gem go unreviewed for so long? If you want a "one stop shopping" place for Operation Overlord, this book is the choice. The organization, content, and execution are all excellent. My only suggestion would be more illustrations but that's a small complaint in a book that contains a tremendous variety of subject matter and presents it in comprehensible, readable form. There's even examples of D-Day movies with favorite lines from each. Altogether a top-notch effort.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dave Schranck on November 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is a little less than five stars but its better than four stars so it was rounded up to five.
Though the book is small, Mr Tillman has squeezed a lot of useful information into it. Coverage includes key people, places, events, weapons and practically everything else that is conencted to the Normandy invasion. (There are a few things missing.) It includes army, navy and air force. People include both military and civilian. For the military personnel, it includes their history and organization and the accomplishment made for D-Day. The beach designations and troop dispositions at the landing are covered on both sides. The predominate countries covered are US, Great Britain, Canada and Germany. The German aspect is well covered.
The book also has good photos and maps to study. There is also a nice Bibliograpy of secondary sources if you desire further reading. There are larger D-Day encyclopedias to choose from but this would be an excellent choice to start with. Its inexpensive and you may find it satisfies all your needs. If you would like to supplement this volume, the larger "The D-Day Encyclopedia" by Chandler / Collins is a worthy candidate.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Check Six on May 24, 2014
Format: Paperback
Released just in time for the 70th Anniversary, the Regnery update of this Encyclopedia is even more useful than the original, published in 2004, when so many more D-Day figures were still living, now sadly departed.

The book contains anecdotes as well as factual material. Various entries such as the Lancaster and Halifax bombers have been expanded with order of battle information. Each entry is short enough to be read in a few minutes but cross references enhance the value of the volume. Some of the most informative and entertaining sections are found in the D-Day movie descriptions.

This edition is an even better guide for Normandy tourists, many of whom already have taken the book with them for D-Day anniversaries. I recommend it for students of history and travelers equally.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. A. Nofi on September 1, 2014
Format: Paperback
A summary of Mike Markowitz's review on StrategyPage.Com:

'Any encyclopedia should be a ready reference for people, places and things, and the people, places and things of OPERATION OVERLORD are here in abundance. In fact, it's filled with delightful tidbits of information, from the German phonetic alphabet (Anton, Bruno, Caesar, Dora….) to the optimal drop altitude and descent time for a paratrooper to the absence of translators to help Allied soldiers cope with Germany's many 'Ostruppen' to details of weaponry (particularly aircraft) to motion pictures on the invasion and more. Tillman brings a touch of whimsy to some of his entries, citing jokes or making wise crack, including a particularly biting if accurate assessment of Winston Churchill. This is a book to savor.'

For the full review, see StrategyPage.Com
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