Dawn of D-Day: These Men Were There, 6 June 1944
Clifford, James, Infantry
Dawn of D-Day: These Men Were There, 6 June 1944. By David Howarth. Stackpole Books, 1959 (rpt 2004). 255 pages, $19.95.
Dawn of D-Day tells the story of the allied invasion of Europe at the Soldier level. This is an easy read that gives one a sense of what it was like to be a Soldier jumping out of an airplane in the dead of night, crashing to the ground in a glider, or splashing ashore at dawn. Originally published in 1959 by war correspondent turned author David Howarth, it is reprinted as a Greenhill Military Paperback on the 60th anniversary of the invasion. A short introduction by the author's son puts the book into perspective.
The author covers all the major stories of D-Day from the airborne drops to the amphibious assaults. His descriptions of the confusion, fear, heroism, brings the reader into that action like a fine work of fiction. His individual portrayals bring the characters to life as if they are our own family, friends, and neighbors. Even some fairly sympathetic stories of German soldiers are told here. He intertwines the preparation in England, the trip over the Channel, and the invasion itself in an entertaining style that focuses on Soldiers rather than senior leaders. …