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Neptunus Rex: Naval Stories of the Normandy Invasion, June 6, 1944, Voices of the Navy Memoria l Hardcover – June 9, 1998
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Neptunus Rex is a melting of individual stories of naval personnel who were at the forfront of the naval action on the 6th of June. Although the stories are short in nature...they give a first hand account thru the enlisted and officers eyes as to how they saw the operation go down.
Very good research book and very interesting reading.....just wish they would have had more from the individuals on boats that were attacked and sunk, destroyed or managed to get back to England....
There are probably some fascinating stories to be found about the various naval actions, but the selection of sources is very poor. Often, the contribution from a sailor will be about one paragraph long, saying "I sure was there on D-Day". And there's a lot of repetition in these accounts, centering on the preparations for the invasion, which could have been edited out. And honestly, a lot of the tales are not very gripping in any way.
However, there are some nice illustrations, and there are a lot of photos of various ships, particularly the landing craft. The handsomely designed book at least has some value for its pictorial content. Overall, though, it's a disappointing effort.