They wanted to be throwing baseballs, not handgrenades; shooting .22s at rabbits, not M-1s at other young men. But when the test came, when freedom had to be fought for or abandoned, they fought” (from the Prologue). On the basis of 1400 oral histories from the men who were there, this account reveals how the intricate plan for the invasion of France in June 1944 had to be abandoned before the first shot was fired.
The true story of D-Day, as Stephen Ambrose relates it, is about the citizen soldiers – junior officers and enlisted men – taking the initiative to act on their own to break through Hitler’s Atlantic Wall when they realized that nothing was as they had been told it would be.
|Author:||AMBROSE, STEPHEN E.|
|Publisher:||SIMON & SCHUSTER|
|Country of origin:||UNITED STATES|
|Year of publication:||2002|