Academic journal article Military Review

The Dead and Those about to Die: D-Day: The Big Red One at Omaha Beach

Academic journal article Military Review

The Dead and Those about to Die: D-Day: The Big Red One at Omaha Beach

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THE DEAD AND THOSE ABOUT TO DIE: D-Day: The Big Red One at Omaha Beach

John C. McManus, New American Library / Caliber, New York, 2014, 384 pages, $27.95

The title of this book refers to the often-quoted statement uttered by Col. George Taylor, commander of the 16th Infantry Regiment, who, after landing on Omaha Beach, tried to convince his men to move off the shingle beach and save the landing. Taylor and his heroic action is only one of the events author John McManus chronicles in The Dead and Those About to Die. This book is the latest work by McManus, who has previously written a number of notable works on World War II. Widely considered an authority on the Normandy invasion, McManus has a gift for telling history through the eyes of the participants; this work is no exception.

The author states "Omaha Beach is better known than it is understood" and believes that despite the vast amount of material written about it, much can still be learned. He goes on further to state that the 1st Infantry Division's role has been largely overshadowed by the much more documented fighting on the western half of Omaha Beach. Yet, in his view the 1st Infantry Division holds the key to new insights about Omaha Beach. McManus' goal is not to eclipse other histories but to build on the foundations they established and improve upon the knowledge and understanding of the battle. He has eight questions which he feels are still unanswered and, through his research and analysis, this book provides answers for each.

A gifted storyteller, McManus provides more than just a rehashing of the chaos and carnage. Through extensive research he tells the story of the Big Red One, puts it in context, and explains why it mattered. …

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