The Americans on D-Day: A Photographic History of the Normandy Invasion

9 Nov

The Americans on D-Day: A Photographic History of the Normandy Invasion

The Americans on D-Day: A Photographic History of the Normandy Invasion

Martin K. A. Morgan

Language: English

Pages: 240

ISBN: 0760346208

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Experience the all-important Normandy invasion through some of D-Day's most incredible photographs. Although it took a multinational coalition to conduct World War II's amphibious D-Day landings, the U.S. military made a major contribution to the operation that created mighty American legends and unforgettable heroes. In The Americans on D-Day: A Photographic History of the Normandy Invasion, WWI historian Martin K. A. Morgan presents 450 of the most compelling and dramatic photographs captured in northern France during the first day and week of its liberation. With eight chapters of place-setting author introductions, riveting period imagery, and highly detailed explanatory captions, Morgan offers anyone interested in D-Day a fresh look at a campaign that was fought seven decades ago, yet remains the object of unwavering interest to this day. While some of these images are familiar, they have been treated anonymously for far too long and haven't been placed within the proper context of time or place. Many others have never been published before. Together, these photographs reveal minute details about weapons, uniforms, and equipment, while simultaneously narrating an intimate human story of triumph, tragedy, and sacrifice. From Omaha Beach to Utah, from Sainte-Mère-Église to Pointe du Hoc, The Americans on D-Day is a striking visual record of the epic air, sea, and land battle that was the Normandy invasion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1943. They are from the 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy), an Eighth Air Force B-17 unit operating from USAAF Station 121 at Bassingbourne in Cambridgeshire. Although the 91st operated as a strategic bombardment group during most of its time in England, it would eventually fly tactical bombing missions in support of ground forces in Normandy during the months of June and July 1944. From the Air 001-107_C70344.indd 47 001-107_40614.indd 47 47 2/6/14 9:59 AM 1/20/14 8:47 AM (Text) (Fogra

shortly after D-Day. As the Assistant Division Commander of the 4th Infantry Division, he landed during the initial assault on Utah Beach on June 6. Showing a lack of concern for being under enemy fire, A Dodge WC52 3/4-ton Weapons Carrier moves through the General Roosevelt rallied surf toward the Tare Green sector of Utah Beach after driving groups of men on the off of its landing craft on June 6, 1944. Note that the vehicle is beach and personally led armed with an M2HB .50-caliber

has been the subject of much speculation in the decades since this photograph was taken. The official caption identified the man as a “young Jap,” but he was most certainly not of that extraction. In the 1990s, a theory emerged that he was a Korean impressed into the Japanese Imperial Army and then captured by the Russians before he was captured and conscripted into the service of the Third Reich. In recent years, he has even been identified as Yang Kyoungjong: a Korean conscript in the German

8th Infantry Regiment carrying an M1917A1 Heavy Machine Gun and a belt of .30-caliber ammunition passes through La Madeleine after landing on Utah Beach. The house behind him served as the command post for Oberleutnant Matz, the German officer from 3, Grenadier Regiment 919, who commanded Widerstandsnest 5. This machine gunner still wears his lifebelt and assault gas mask bag. Attached to his M1936 Pistol Belt is an M1911A1 .45-caliber Pistol in its holster and an M1910 entrenching tool. National

usually considered an important part of the U.S. Army’s military might, rope would become a valuable commodity during the campaign that followed the D-Day landings. National Archives and Records Administration/US Army Signal Corps 111-SC-189805 14 Chapter One 001-107_C70344.indd 14 001-107_40614.indd 14 2/6/14 9:53 AM 1/20/14 8:47 AM (Text) (Fogra 39)_Job:01-40614 Title: MBI-The Americans on D-Day 02-AC70344 #175 Dtp:221 Page:14 ABOVE LEFT: U.S. Army soldiers stack bundles of Square Mesh

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