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SPEARHEADING D-DAY: American Special Units, 6 June, 1944 [Hardcover]

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Fresh research has produced a detailed text and color photographs that cover every aspect of the organization, training and active operations of the special units of D-Day.

The invasion of Normandy is undoubtedly one of the most written about military events of the 20th Century. However, many of the smaller units that played important roles have been forgotten or ignored. Many unconfirmed, or erroneous myths about the American landings have been repeated in popular books. Noted military historian, Jonathan Gawne examines the landings at Utah and Omaha with an eye to what other writers have ignored.

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Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 12.2" Width: 9.21" Height: 1.02"
Weight:   4.5 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Publisher   Histoire and Collections
ISBN  2908182793  
ISBN13  9782908182798  

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1Books > Calendars > History
2Books > Subjects > History > Europe > France > General
3Books > Subjects > History > Military > General
4Books > Subjects > History > Military > United States > General
5Books > Subjects > History > Military > World War II > General
6Books > Subjects > History > Military > World War II > Normandy

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Something NEW on D-Day? Is that possible?  Aug 4, 2004
Just when you think that this is another re-hashing off all the often-copied stuff that's in every D-Day book you've ever seen...
Guess again, Skippy. This isn't your Daddy's D-Day book!
Gawne thankfully dusted off UNPUBLISHED information on largely ignored subjects regarding the Normandy landings, and I for one am glad to have this book in my collection.
Amphibious forces, Engineers and even Navy Beach Masters were all there, but you never see them in other books. Gawne takes previously unknown information, couples it with outstanding graphics and puts them together in THE BEST book on the subject to come out since.... well, I can't say when another such book was ever written!
And even though I'm a huge Airborne fan, I have to say this:
"Thanks, Jon, for not having half the book on Airborne forces! We needed another book on the subject like we needed more holes in our heads!"
Color Photos are Great!  Jul 12, 2004
I really enjoyed this book. The photo foldouts are really great-they feature reenactors in full dress. This book provides for a great reference to anyone interested in a Grunt or special operations uniform.

The text is also good, although alittle too technical at times.

Overall, a great reference book for any WWII reenactor.

Most Authoritative D-Day Book  Jan 24, 2004
My father was a D-Day medical officer June 6, 1944. Historians who write definitive books about Americans at D-Day and fail to mention the Army/Navy gap assault teams, LCI sailors, Army Engineer Special Brigades and attached Naval Beach Battalions, have left out the "backbone" of the Normandy invasion. Jonathan Gawne's Spearheading D-Day: American Special Units in Normandy set the record straight in 1998. Military authors should not feel bad if their books were published before Spearheading D-Day. Up to 1992, when Gawne first wrote about the "forgotten sailors of the invasion beaches," most naval historians were unaware that their own were some of the first ashore on D-Day. Spearheading D-Day, covering American forces in France, is simply the best invasion book published since Cornelius Ryan's The Longest Day.
Excellent resource  May 9, 2003
This book is a fine companion for someone who is already familiar with the overall story of D-Day. It has a larger than usual section on amphibious landing craft, and on the function of specific battalions and units too often overlooked in most discussions of D-Day. It has one to five quality pictures or diagrams on every page (not the ones you usually see). Focuses on the equipment used and apparel worn and gives lots of detail on each.
Gentlemen now abed will think themselves accursed they  Nov 21, 2002
didn't buy this book earlier!!! Absolutely top notch history of the special sea-bourne American units at Normandy. Maps & photos and narrative all combine into an informative and captivating tale. Even if you are a D-Day buff with a large reference library, you will learn much from this excellent edition. It seems pricey, but it is worth all of it & more. You will not regret getting this one!
I hope this sets a pattern for books about the British & Canadian units and their efforts and successes that day. When you realise the scope of just the American beach landings, you will see the huge, multi-volume collection that would be needed to address *all* the units involved. Buy it and and spend some time with it.

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