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"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." ?" 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

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“What a glorious book, vivid, accurate, utterly bewitching.” -Alex Kershaw, bestselling author of The Bedford Boys, One American Town’s Ultimate D-Day Sacrifice
 
The Allied invasion of Europe was the most anticipated event of WWII.  In this powerful graphic history, Wayne Vansant tells the intricate story of the planning and execution of Operation Overlord from the invasion of five D-Day beaches (Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword) on June 6, 1944, to the liberation of Paris on August 25, 1944. In between Vansant paints a portrait of the campaign’s vicious and unforgiving fighting, including the Allies’ capture of Cherbourg, the deadly battles in hedgerow country, the Allied struggle for Caen, the breakout of Patton’s Third Army, and the eventual defeat of Axis forces in the Falaise Pocket. It was the Allied success in Normandy that hastened the beginning of the end for the Nazis.
 
About the Author:
Writer and artist Wayne Vansant was the primary artist for Marvel’s The ‘Nam for more than five years. Since then he has written and/or illustrated many historically accurate graphic histories including Antietam: The Fiery Trial (for the National Park Service) and The Vietnam War: A Graphic History. He is currently working on Gettysburg, a graphic history of the Civil War’s most famous battle. 

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Product Details

  • Series: Zenith Graphic Histories
  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Zenith Press; First Edition edition (September 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760343926
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760343920
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #310,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.


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This book was glorious. It presented the invasion vividly. The Allied forces sure kicked Rommel's butt, and although the American forces had many casualties, the Germans were defeated. After the Allies liberated France, people revealed hidden Tri-Color French flags.

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.
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I am a huge fan on Vansant's work - I have read Vietnam, The Hammer and the Anvil, and Katusha (only released in eBook). Overall he has a great sense of storytelling and historical accuracy that make his work the best kind of history - it is deeply narrative and has a nice line going straight through the story.

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.
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This is a tremendous graphic history of D-Day to the Liberation of Paris. Both the history and the artwork are top-notch. This graphic history should be in every High School Modern American History class as a part of the required reading!
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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 service tips and I didn't steal from my family or friends, but I always saved the change and kept it when it was ok...) I could go to the news stand and for a dime or less, all of the DC comic heroes were mine...and Sgt. Rock, the Haunted Tank, Gunner and Sarge( BUDDA- BUDDA) , were all mine too. Art work was great, stories good to....to a kid and it seem to more than a few adults too. I remember the shock when the costs went to 12 cents...then to 15 cents...then girls and life came along and the comics stayed in boxes in the basement. But the comic book survived. Now they are larger, better printed, perfectly bound with stiffer covers...and a bit more costly..but worth it. And there's a myriad of novels to select from. So I'm collecting comics again, it seems. And the term " comics" does not apply any longer, if it did back in the day! No comedy in these stories told now..."graphic" is a better description...but not lurid or extreme as the old " pre- code comics" were.
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.
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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. The main generals and other important figures are mentioned in this book. The decisions that were made which turned the battle for the Allied forces are explained, as well as Hitler's mistake of not listening to his Generals makes this book a great read. The book is organized into fifteen chapters. They are as follows:

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)
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