From the Publisher
The first section of the book addresses the build-up to and planning behind this huge amphibious assault, an amazing 3 years in the organising: the role of the French resistance in mapping the coastline; the calamitous training exercise Operation Tiger when 800 soldiers drown in the Channel; the unknown Allied officer who planned the invasion; spies such as Garbo who radioed misinformation to the Germans leading them to believe the invasion would take place at another time and place.
The second half of the book is a dramatic hour-by-hour countdown through the "longest day," from the Omaha Beach landings, powerfully recorded by the renowned photographer Robert Capa, the massacre of the Gestapo's prisoners at Caen Jail, to Rommel's dash back to the beaches from Germany where he has been taken unaware.
Told through the eyes of the men who were there: from veteransboth Allied and Germanto the spies, resistance members, reporters and official photographers. Fresh stories, surprising heroes.