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Normandy: A Graphic History of D-Day, The Allied Invasion of Hitler's Fortress Europe (Zenith Graphic Histories) Paperback – September 15, 2012
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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.
Winston Churchill (in a radio speech to Nazi-occupied France in October, 1940)
". . . 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
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Top Customer Reviews
I was interested to learn about the problem of French hedgerows and how an American sargent (Curtis Cullin) improvised a brush-cutter out of the beach barricades in order to leave the tanks less vulnerable as they crossed the fields. Thank you Curtis!
The book also talked about a German tank commander named Michael Wittmann and his Tiger tank. This was a powerful weapon that destroyed a group of Shermans very quickly and then took out part of a convoy. The allies finished him off by using British Fireflies (a British type of tank) that sent a disabling shot into the tank. Michael Wittman and his crew escaped. There was good tank action in this book. It feels like you're stuck in the middle of battle, but you're safe. But you're watching in horror.
The drawings of the Avro Lancasters were really great. That's my favorite British plane. The air war made the difference in the invasion's success. If it weren't for the RAF and the Allied air forces, the invasion might not have succeeded.
I'm eleven years old, and this is a really good book. I learned a lot.
This book had really good maps, and it was in color. That helped me a lot. The blood was not too bloody -- just scribbles.
Parent note: my son says blood and guts included.
Normandy is a history of the first two months of the Normandy campaign beginning with the moments before D-Day leading up until the liberation of Paris in August, 1944. Vansant captures individual stories amid the larger story of the largest amphibious assault in history.
I LOVE graphic non-fiction and consider Vansant to be among the best practicing the art.
This graphic novel is the story of the Allied forces and their endeavors from June 5 through early August 1944, the Normandy Campaign. It's in full color and GRAPHIC detail of the carnage faced by the line soldiers of both sides in battle. Historically it's right on the button for dates, locations, quotations, etc. Equipment is shown correctly in version, color and useage. The historical events are explained so that anyone of any age who can read will learn and be entertained. Bach in my day ( here we go again), there was a series on comics of this same nature put out by Dell Publishing on WWII historical events. Detail, color, etc.Read more ›
Chapter (1) Second Front Now. (2) How peaceful the land looked. (3) Hitting the beaches. (4) Blooding Omaha. (5) The skin of their teeth. ((6) The tigers of Villers-Bocage. (7) Death in the Hedgerows. (8) The devil's children. (9) The capital of ruins. (10) Blood and thunder. (11) The cobra strikes. (12) "Come and get us!" (13) Third army rampage. (14) The killing ground. (15) :Aux barricades!"
In conclusion, this beautifully illustrated graphic novel will be of interest to anyone who desires a brief overview of this important World War 11 battle, which was the turning point in the war. It may motivate readers to seek out more detailed information on the Normandy invasion.
Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Never Trust a Politician: A critical review of politics and politicians)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great illustrated material on the Normandy invasion. Nicely executed, but I wish there was more story as I was really enjoying it.Published 4 months ago by R. King
Unfortunately this book is not conducive to a Kindle. It is impossible to read!Published 5 months ago by Malina
As I said for Mr. Vansant's Gettysburg graphic novel, this is perhaps the best visual description of all of the planning, logistics, and follow-up battles that gave the Allies... Read morePublished 5 months ago by S. Connelly
My elementary school readers love these graphic histories. They have enough information to be interesting and the comic book format keeps kids reading. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amital