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D-Day: The Climate Battle of World War II Stephen Ambrose a historian of the Second World War and biographer of his idol, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ambrose also wrote the book D-Day: The Climate Battle of World War II. His book was published June 1, 1994, this was written in honor of the 50th anniversary of D-day. Most of his book was based on files of interviews he had previously done while at the Eisenhower Center at the University of New Orleans. (Stern) Ambrose’s book is well written and easily understandable. His book is also very well organized and he accurately builds off of each section/topic. Ambrose uses many sources, some written and some oral, and explains both the significance of the operation and the actual development. The significant aspect of this book is that Ambrose gives both sides of the war the day of D-Day, unlike many other books about D-Day. Another aspect is that “Ambrose devotes most of his text to the Americans assault on the German position at Omaha Beach” (Walker). Ambrose does a great job emphasizing and explaining the detail and minute planning that was involved and all without computer aid, soil samples, chemical warfare prep, false leads and tricks to throw the Nazis off. 175,000 men, 50,000 vehicles, 5,333 ships and almost 11,000 planes were all efforts made to plan a victory on D-Day. There needed to be plenty of men to execute all the plans and tricks. (Walker) A major theme of "D-Day" is the examination of expectations versus reality. He argues that the allies were under prepared, but in the end still able to finish what was started with a victory. His main point is that although the allied soldiers, sailors and airman all fought well it is understood they would rather be throwing baseballs an... ... middle of paper ... ... was actually there. Ambrose’s book is perhaps mostly known for being a tribute to the veterans who fought “the last good war” (Callahan). This seems to be the best narrative history of D-Day, shifting precisely from analysis of the strategies to the vivid scenes such as the Omaha Beach defenses or the great armada. This book provides the reader with a in-depth view of D-Day, and the procedures leading up to it .(Reynolds) I found it to be very well organized and easy to follow despite having a great deal of information to keep track of. The use of stories from survivors of the landings helped to make some of the more dull reading at the beginning easier to read. It also provided a more believable account of the events on the beaches. It was a pleasure to read and sometimes even humorous despite the seriousness of the subject. I would recommend this book to anybody.
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