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D-Day Encyclopedia: Everything You Want to Know About the Normandy Invasion (World War II Collection) Paperback – Special Edition, June 3, 2014
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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.
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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.
'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.'
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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.