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If Chaos Reigns: The Near-Disaster and Ultimate Triumph of the Allied Airborne Forces on D-Day, June 6, 1944 Kindle Edition
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Army Rumour Service
“…excellent and well balanced view of the airborne operations on D-Day as well as tackling the background that led up to the events on that most famous of days…does a great job of organizing the stories of how that chaos sorted itself out so well and makes for a very readable set of accounts to give the wide story of the airborne operations that played such a vital part in the success of the D-Day Landings.”
"an examination of the Normandy landings that concentrates exclusively on the activities of the American,British, and Canadian airborne forces that descended upon Normandy in the dark, pre-dawn hours of 6 June 1944. Drawing on numerous first-hand accounts, Whitlock details not only the formation, training and deployment of the Allies’ parachute and glider troops, but the events on the ground at the many targets.”"
Britain at War
"Vietnam veteran and former U.S. Army paratrooper Flint Whitlock has written a gem of a book that highlights the 'fog of war' as seen by American. British and Canadian airborne units when they parachuted behind enemy lines to be the vanguard of the D-Day invasion....What makes Whitlock's book such a good read is his no-holds-barred style of writing that accurately depicts the combat that these "devils in baggy pants" endured. The fighting described is intense and savage....Another wonderful aspect of the book is the lesser-known battles that were fought, especially by the Canadians, who have received scant recognition for their tremendous contributions to the campaign....Whitlock's book is a worthy tribute to the airborne and glider units that spearheaded the D-Day invasion...."
“It is the personal accounts, the human factor, which drives how wars are won and World War II was no exception. “If Chaos Reigns” highlights this fact in the training and combat accounts on every page… straightforward and captivating. Needless to say, this book is a page turner, filled with cutting edge history and the personal accounts of this crucial and pivotal battle of World War II. The author adds to the importance of Operation Overlord and alos emphasizes the human factor, something often overlooked in many military histories. Whitlock’s work is a great addition to the history of D-Day and the important role played by the Allied Airborne Forces.”
MILITARY --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B00CE34XJU
- Publisher : Casemate Publishers; Reprint edition (May 7, 2013)
- Publication date : May 7, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 6441 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 412 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #809,342 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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It's not a textbook, but rather a very well-researched documentation of glider and paratroop operations during the Normandy invasion. That being said, it is quite well written. I found no flaws in the grammar, spelling, etc., and for the most part it was quite readable, if made somewhat ponderous by all the details.
Whitlock does an outstanding job of putting together a deep look into what may be one of the least-well documented aspects of the invasion, and helps us to fully appreciate that while the glider and paratroopers did not single-handedly win D-Day, it is clear that D-Day would not have been successful without them.
Finally, even though Whitlock gives us the cold, hard numbers regarding casualties, KIAs, MIAs, horribly mutilating wounds from the savagery of war, he does a fine job of humanizing these numbers with such statments as this: "For each KIA number, there had once been a living, breathing human being - someone's son, husband, brother, nephew, or father. For each number, there was an anguished, grieving family who would forever mourn their loss..."
If you enjoy military history, you should enjoy this book. It's not a fast read, but it's a good one.
The overall discussion around the sense of airborne operations has been covered by others in more detail. I am an avid reader of history books with detailed narrative on specific operations but I didn't get a warm feeling with this book. It does add some depth to the existing information but a lot less than I was expecting. There are bigger "fish" out there to "fry".
The execution was even worse than planning. Vastly overloaded with equipment and supplies, most of which left their possession, on or before landing and scattered miles from their drop zones, how did these men succeed?
Success was at the small unit level. Groups formed, someone took charge. These small groups seized and held strongpoints, bridges and strategic road junctions and denied their use to the Germans. Supported by locals who helped them find supplies, gave directions; frequently paying a horrendous price from revengeful Nazis. It was not planned or pretty but the ordinary soldier did the job.
died within the next few days. I hope nothing like it will ever have to be experienced again. Imagine the terror they faced. Actually,
I don't think any of us who watched on Fox Movietone News shortly after it all occurred, could really understand what it was like.
I am left weeping when I realize what we owe our servicemen, and how little we remember of their great sacrifices.
The author of this book did a great job of expressing the chaos that existed, and the successful outcome of the operation on
D Day. I was "wrung out" by the time I finished reading the book. I would recommend reading "If Chaos Reigns", if you want
a comprehensive description of those days that includes D Day in World War II.
Top reviews from other countries
If you can survive the tedium of the first third of the book, once the story gets moving this new publication provides an excellent summary of both the US and Commonwealth airborne operations on D-Day. Drawing from a well balanced selection of sources the book does not claim to be a definitive history but none the less would be a great starting point for anyone wanting an introductory insight into some of the most remarkable operations ever mounted.
If you enjoy this and wish to go deeper into this history try searching for the work of Neil Barber, Carl Shilleto, Phil Nordyke and Mark Bando.
In fact I have not finished it and will not.
There is very little fiction based on fact written about D day