Author: Charles Messenger
"This powerful study chronicles the evolution of the invasion plan and culminates in a day-by-day account of the landings by sea and by air on the Normandy beaches, followed by the grim six-week struggle to break through the German defences. Charles Messenger's study also devotes space to the German point of view, based on the latest archival research, and to the organization of the French Resistance in northern and western France.
At the heart of the book are 71 maps in full colour, many showing the detail of those used by the Allies in 1944. Specially commissioned reconstruction drawings and contemporary photographs help bring the beaches and bocage of Normandy to life."