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The thing that most people notice first about the region is the quiet, pastoral setting. The slow waters of the Douve and Vire rivers where the cattle come right down to drink and eat the buttercups and mallows. The wagtails, kingfishers, and dragonflies darting among the hedgerows. The tall cornfields in the shadow of the l'abbaye d'ardenne near Caen. It is a region that both time and history seems to have passed by. History, however, would cast its shadow across this region in many strange and terrible ways. It was in the town of Falaise, in 1027, that a young girl named Arlette would give birth to the illegitimate son of Robert the Devil, Duke of Normandy. Despite the circumstances of his birth, young William would embark for the invasion of Britain, destined to meet Harold of England on the fields of Hastings . . . . . . in the summer of 1944, history would again cast it's shadow across normandy . . . and the devil would return to Falaise.
". . . goodnight then. Sleep to gather strength for the morning, for the morning will come. Brightly will shine on the brave and the true: kindly on all who suffer for the cause. Vive la france!"
By the spring of 1944, Nazi Germany was in retreat on every front. after many huge and bloody battles on the Russian front, the soviet army had pushed the Germans back to the Polish border. In Italy, the British and Americans had captured Rome. Allied bombers made raids on German industry day and night. Nonetheless, allied planners in London knew that if they were to defeat Germany, they had to cross the English channel and invade the European continent itself. Now, after four 4 years, the "morning" that Mr. Churchill had spoken about was about to dawn.
"I am very pleased to have discovered a new history graphic novel series, beginning with Normandy: A Graphic History of D-Day: The Allied Invasion of Hitler's Fortress Europe which is both written and illustrated by Wayne Vansant. Other books will follow, on subjects including Gettysburg, Civil War Generals Grant and Lee, and the Bombing of Nazi Germany. The series is aimed at teen readers, but I find it's great for adults interested in experiencing history through the graphic novel medium. I recommend this book and the forthcoming books in the series to anyone who enjoys graphic novels and/or history, and for those older kids in your life who are having a hard time getting into history. We will definitely be using it for our homeschooling curriculum when my kids are a bit older." - WIRED.com Geek Dad
"â?¿ absolutely one of the most phenomenal things I've ever read. It was like reading a textbook except it was interesting. These are fantasticâ?¿ I love these things. I wish I had these when I was in school because I probably would have learned a hell of a lot more." - PetesBasement.com
"What a glorious book, vivid, accurate, utterly bewitching." â?? Alex Kershaw, bestselling author of The Bedford Boys: One American Town's Ultimate D-Day Sacrifice
"Normandy: A Graphic History of D-Day; The Allied Invasion of Fortress Europe, adopts the comic-book, graphic-novel style of illustrated panels accompanied by a bit of text to tell the story of the June 6, 1944, invasion of France through the August 25 entry into Paris. Unlike the mostly-for-entertainment comics of my childhood, this book gives an accurate overview of the events it relates and provides a surprising amount of detail, given its limited-text, just-over-100-pages format. It isn't just for younger readers, either, although it would serve as a great introduction to the Normandy campaign for pre-teens and teens. Wayne Vansant found the right mix of text and illustration in creating this book. The short sentence structure imposed by the graphic novel format adds to the story, giving an enhanced sense of action and urgency. It's a good, short, informative read for adults and an excellent tool for introducing younger readers to the story of D-Day. Highly recommended." - ArmChairGeneral.com
"If you have a nostalgic affection for comic books--I mean (ahem!) graphic histories--or if you enjoy reading and collecting them today, you'll certainly want to get a copy of this one. I'd also recommend it as a gift for any young reader you think might be developing into an enthusiast of military history." - World at War
"This book is a fine work for someone looking for a quick overview of the Allied campaign in Normandy or for someone who would appreciate its visual stimulation. It is perfect for a youngster or a novice that needs to get familiar with D-Day and subsequent events associated with the battle." - Air Power History
IMHO there's too much text here. I also think the illustrations are good, but may be too bloody/graphic for some kids under 12-13.Published 5 months ago by Historian
It wasn't anything like the book I saw in France. Although the cover looks the same. Too many comic pictures.Published 9 months ago by Donna
One of the most important battles of World War 11 was D-Day. This excellent illustrated graphic novel covers the Normandy invasion in more detail than I expected. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Joseph J. Truncale
In this NORMANDY 102-page full-color trade, in 15 chapters of 6 to 10 pages each, Vansant covers various chronological aspects of the Normandy invasion, from U.S. Read morePublished 12 months ago by D. Berkebile
Well written and perfectly illustrated. I have only recently become a fan of graphic history novels, and I am glad that I chose this as one of my first ones.Published 12 months ago by sabres4jeff
Hey, you've got to love these new "Graphic Novels" of the present day. Way back in the day of he 1950s and 60s, I used to scoop up change wherever it was left laying about( no, not... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Pvt. W.G. Kirby
Wonderful graphic novel about D-Day. Many of my male students have checked it out of my classroom library and enjoyed it.Published 14 months ago by M. Knight