Author(s): David Edwards
The Second World War is the bloodiest and deadliest conflict in history: more than 60 million people killed in six years of bitter fighting. For much of that time, Hitler's Germany and the Axis powers seemed invincible and Britons feared not only for their lives but for their country's freedom and future. By 1944 the Russian army had managed to turn back the German tide in the east. The Allies desperately needed to do the same in the west. Somehow they had to break out of barricaded Britain and put troops on to mainland Europe. Only by joining the Russian march on Berlin could Britain and America hope to secure a favourable peace. D-Day to Berlin: The Unfolding Story is a unique retelling of how this was done. From June 6 1944, when hundreds of thousands of Allied troops came ashore on five Normandy beaches, to May 2 1945, when the German army surrendered in Berlin, these dramatic and historic events are described as they happened and as they were told through the pages of The Daily Mirror. A truly remarkable era experienced as never before.
David Edwards has worked for many national newspapers in a journalistic career spanning more than 20 years. Having started as a sports writer on the Evening Echo, Bournemouth, he worked for The Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mail, The Independent and The Times. After a fascinating few years as editor of Eureka, The Times' monthly science magazine, he then edited the official daily programmes for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. This is his first book. David lives in Kent with his wife and four children.
Published to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the historic D-Day landings "D-Day to Berlin - The Long March to Victory" presents in dramatic and compelling detail the Allies' triumphant final months of the Second World War. Stripped of the judgement of history, events are reported as they happened, plunging the reader back to the real atmosphere of 1944 and 1945. Soldiers recount their experiences in powerful and emotional testimonies that show the courage and bravery of those involved. Through it all shines the amazing character and judgement of Winston Churchill, who held together the war effort at home and abroad. History in the making with 'as-it-happened' accounts of all the major events including: the disastrous 1942 assault on Dieppe, the D-Day landings, the Battle of Normandy, the Liberation of Paris, the Battle of the Bulge and, finally, the fall of Berlin. Drawing on the Daily Mirror's outstanding archive combined with Haynes Publishing's wealth of experience. Written and curated by an award-winning author, journalist and writer.