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Omaha Beach: D-Day, June 6, 1944 Paperback – Bargain Price, July 10, 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
Balkoski (Beyond the Beachhead: The 29th Division in Normandy) makes officer and enlisted-men's first-person testimony the center of this account, with light contextualization in between, along with 34 b&w photos and 27 maps.
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"Balkoski is in top form in this groundbreaking analysis of the other half of Americas D-Day." -- Dennis Showalter, author of Patton and Rommel
"Even the most seasoned historian will find something new in these pages." -- Kevin Hymel, Army magazine
Utah Beach is first-class history, impeccably researched and skillfully written by an author who rightfully has become the foremost historian of the American D-Day experience. -- Carlo DEste, Naval History
Top customer reviews
This account of the invasion at Omaha Beach has all the virtues that excellent history offers: impeccable writing, first-hand reports (both personal and organizational), continuity and clear organization, comprehensive research scope and methods, maps and photos that supplement the narrative, and analysis of events that appears to offer objective assessments of the successes and failures of the day. The author provides definitions of many of the unfamiliar (to civilians) military terminology that he necessarily employs. The book makes clear the terror, chaos, and personal costs of the invasion, and is a tribute to those involved. Like many historical accounts, the emotional tenor is subdued by the huge amount of factual material and the vast scope of even this focused study. Nonetheless, only a little imagination is needed to see the human costs and pain.
A word about the Kindle version: this edition is very well done. Obvious and extreme care have been taken to transfer the work to the Kindle medium. The text is rendered accurately-- probably as a result of using scanned pages (which I infer from a few scanning-distortions that appear). Photos and maps are interspersed at exactly the right points. The only limitation of the Kindle format is that the rendering of maps is relatively low resolution. In order to read the maps, it was necessary to do screen captures and print the results. Even then, map details are somewhat small and fuzzy. I hope that the Kindle platform will be improved in graphical capabilities in the future.
If you are a casual student of WWII history, the Kindle edition is well worth its price, and will suffice. For scholars and serious history buffs, I suspect the printed version would be a better choice, if it is up to state-of-the-art printing quality (I haven't seen it).
My only minor complaint about the book is the lack of info from the German side. Yes, this is true about most books on D-Day. That being said, for a book this detailed it would have been nice for more accounts from German soldiers defending Omaha Beach. But I did appreciate the chapter dealing with Rommel's defence of the Atlantic Wall.
This book should be bought by everyone who has an interest in Normandy or World War II. I would love to visit the battlefield with this book in hand.