Author(s): Jane Penrose
Published to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the Normandy Landings, "The D-Day Companion" book brings together the perspectives and opinions of leading military historians from both sides of the Atlantic. Operation Overlord saw the Allied Generals Eisenhower and Montgomery pit their wits against Hitler in a bold bid to liberate continental Europe. Featuring a foreword by Major Richard Winters, real-life commander of Easy Company as featured in Stephen E Ambrose's "Band of Brothers", this is a unique and incisive examination of the momentous events that surrounded June 6, 1944. Each chapter of this book focuses on a different aspect of the D-Day landings, from the build-up to the attack to the experiences of the troops on the ground.
I have to say that this is one of the best books on the subject I have ever read. I had no idea how fraught with disaster the entire undertaking really was. There were leaders who worked well with each other, those that did a lot of grandstanding, and those who didn't like what was being planned, but carried out orders any way. There was also the underlying need to have this work else there was fear that if it did not and they had to try again, the Russians would end up occupying all of Europe up to the Rhine. Particularly poignant was the last chapter on how these men have been remembered by both those that participated, those who were freed from the clutches of the Nazis and those who defended against the invasion... It all makes for an incredible read and one that every student of history should have on their shelves. "Scott Van Aken, Modeling Madness, www.modelingmadness.com (May 2009)" A stellar cast of historians ponders various aspects of 6/6/44 in this classic's new paperback reprint. "World War II Magazine (September 2009)""
Dr Duncan Anderson, Ronald J Drez, Carlo D'Este, Dr Andrew Gordon, Dr Christina J. M. Goulter, Dr David I. Hall, Professor Russell Hart, Dr Stephen A Hart, Professor Allan R. Millett, Dr Williamson Murray, Professor Samuel J. Newland, Professor Dennis Showalter. Foreword by Major Richard Winters (Ret), Easy Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne.