America at D-Day

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I am very interested in World War II. So I choose a book that was written about the Normandy Invasion. More commonly know as D-Day or
Deliverance day. The title of the book is America at D-Day. It was written by Richard Goldstein. The book has 287 pages and also has 90 different pictures from the invasion of Normandy. The reason the author wrote this book was to show exactly what happened at D-Day.
The author starts off by describing the preparation for D-Day in great detail. The code name given to the Normandy Invasion was Operation
Overlord. It was planned mainly by General Dwight David Eisenhower.
Prior to World War II Eisenhower never had any actual combat experience.
Eisenhower was a training officer during World War I. Then in 1942
Eisenhower was given command of the Allied invasion of North Africa.
Eisenhower is not the type of man who has a huge ego and he does not give blood-and-guts speeches, but he does know how to manager people who have super egos. General Eisenhower “had the ability to work generals--along with airmen, Navy men, and lesser soldiers by the millions--in effective harmony in carrying out large-scale operations'; (Goldstein 8). That is one of the reasons why Eisenhower was chosen to lead Operation Overlord.
Operation Overlord was a well kept secret. The Allies went through a lot to make sure that the Germans only heard what the Allies wanted him to hear and see. The Allies built mock armies on the south eastern corner of
England. That was the location that was the shortest distance between
England and France. The Germans were sure that if there was an amphibious invasion that it would come from the south eastern corner of England. The allies put up cardboard airplanes and tanks that fooled the pictures taken by the German spy planes. The Allied intelligence reports showed that Hitler and his leaders were falling for the plan. The Germans built up there troops in the area of France where the English Channel was the narrowest.
The plan was to catch the Germans off guard and hit them hard and fast. The Allies split the beach of Normandy into five different parts. The
British forces were to attack 3 of the beaches. The beaches were code named
Gold beach, Juno bea...

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...g the invasion in great detail. Goldstein makes it seem like you are right there on the beaches. He interviewed many of the troops that survived the invasion and got first hand account of the events that took place on the beaches that day. During the invasion some reports accompanied the troops as they made the assault on the beaches. Goldstein researched all of these newspaper articles and magazine articles. He also does a good job of documenting where he got his information from.
Goldstein covers every aspect of the invasion in explicit detail. He covered the preparation for the invasion, the actual invasion, and the aftermath of the invasion. He leaves nothing to the imagination. This book shows all of hardships of the invasion and all of the gains from the invasion.
The pictures that are in this book help put pictures in the head of the reader and gives the reader something that they can actually visualize. After reading this book I know a lot more about D-Day then I did before.


Goldstein, Richard. America at D-Day:A Book of Remembrance. Dell
Publishing, New York, 1994.

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