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  • Series: History at a Glance
  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; 1st edition (February 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1882810465
  • ISBN-13: 978-1882810468
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,297,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Randy Holderfield works in the legal field in the San Francisco Bay area. In addition to his lifelong study of WWII, he speaks regularly on the American Civil War, and is a longtime member of the South Bay Civil War Round table in San Jose, California. This is his first book.

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Randy Holderfield works in the legal field in the San Francisco Bay area, California. In addition to his lifelong study of WWII, he speaks regulary on the American Civil War, and is a longtime member of the South Bay Civil War Round table in San Jose, California. This is his first book. Michael J. Varhola earned a B.S. in journalism from the University of Maryland, and is a freelance editor and writer living in suburban Washington D.C. During Operation Desert Storn, he served with the 3rd Armored Division in Saudi Arabia and Iraq, and thereafter helped found and run Living History magazine. Michael is the author or editor of numerous articles and books, including Everyday Life During the Civil War.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Nigel James on July 19, 2001
Format: Hardcover
D-Day is often presented in books, films and other media as a two-dimensional episode between Germans and Americans. In this refreshing volume, the significant roles of the British and Canadian--and even the French--forces are described along with those of the Americans, and the role of Ukrainians, old men, and boys forced into uniform is covered along with that of the Germans.
At the core of this concise, comprehensive overview of Operation Overlord--the Allied invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944--are chapters that provide detailed, minute-by-minute and hour-by-hour descriptions of the action on each of the five Allied beachheads. Sections on weapons and equipment, Allied and Axis leaders, aircraft and airborne operations, and other salient topics help to add depth and detail to these accounts. Brief but detailed introductions and conclusions clearly establish the context of the invasion and describe its effects.
Came across this book after reading another by the same author, a volume on the Korean War titled "Fire &Ice." Was pleased with it, so decided to give this one a chance. Very pleased that I did.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jan van Schaik, Veteran Royal Netherlands Airforce on July 13, 2001
Format: Paperback
Reading this factfilled book by Michael Varhola has again turned my thoughts to all the brave young men who came to fight far away from home to free Europe. This book has many interesting facts and figures that I have not seen in other books. The research has been thorough and put down on paper in a way that makes it easy to read. This book should be read by everyone interested or have family who fought in this battle. Highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. K. Waters on March 7, 2001
Format: Paperback
A well written, thoroughly researched, detailed account of D-Day. This book is a must have for anyone seeking information on this masterful invasion. More than 55 years have passed since the Allies conducted this massive operation and this book is a vivid reminder of the service and sacrific of those brave participants. A great book for veterans or for family members interested in what Grand Father did in the war.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "luciousmageris" on March 2, 2001
Format: Paperback
Randy Holderfield and Michael Varjola's book D-Day: The Invasion of Normandy is an interesting and useful account of the overall situation facing both sides on June 6, 1944. This most critical time in World War II is, of course, the subject of many books, so what makes this one of special interest?
The authors have taken the vast quantity of information available on the subject of D-Day and condensed it into a no-nonsense, bullet-point format. D-Day covers all aspects of the most important Allied operation of World War II in a format that is easy to follow and to use for reference when further reading is desired in a given area.
The book begins with an overview of the leaders, terrain, fortifications, and weapon systems for both Axis and Allied powers. The mission and intent of the amphibious, airborne, air corps and naval forces are covered in detail without being cumbersome. This is a useful reference and an enjoyable source of information for readers of all backgrounds, from novice to WWII aficionado.
I found the analysis of the weapons used by each side to be particularly interesting. The authors detailed the weapons used by both the Wehrmacht and Allies from small arms to airplanes and ships. The book succinctly covers the important differences and how they impacted the battlefield.
As a former infantryman and tactical leader, I was interested in knowing the commander's intent for the different elements involved in the battle. Such information is what helps the junior leaders react rapidly to actions as they occur on the battlefield. The commander's intent was key to the success and failure of the Germans and the Allies at Normandy. Holderfield and Varhola explain that Rommel believed that the schwerpunkt (decisive point) of the battle would be on the beaches.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Laura E. Russell on March 4, 2001
Format: Paperback
As a U.S. Army Officer attending the French Army Staff College, this book has been invaluable to my overall understanding and appreciation of the Normandy Invasion. Michael Varhola's clear and thorough explanation captures the true breadth of conception, grandeur of scale and mastery of execution that went into such an amazing logistical and tactical military achievement. A must read for anyone interested in complimenting their knowledge of WWII history.
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