Item description for SAINTE-MERE-EGLISE: Photographs of D-Day - 6 June 1944 by Michel deTrez...
This brand new large format book from Michel de Trez contains not only hundreds of never before published period photographs taken at Ste-Mere-Eglise early June 1944 but also numerous color pictures of equipment and uniforms that fought for the liberation of Ste-Mere-Eglise.
This includes General Matthew Ridgway's famous helmet and Dick Winters' D-Day equipment. (the later jumping very close from Ste-Mere-Eglise).
Michel de Trez's books have rightly earned a worldwide reputation for excellent, highly detailed content and spectacular presentation of the subject matter.
Previous books by Michel include: 'American Warriors', 'At the Point of No Return' and 'First Airborne Taskforce' (in large hardback format and 'The Way we Were' series of 8.50 x 11 paperbacks, including books on Doc McIlvoy, Ben Vandervoort, Forrest Guth and Bob Piper. All these books are also available exclusively from Casemate.
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Reviews - What do customers think about SAINTE-MERE-EGLISE: Photographs of D-Day - 6 June 1944?
In for an absolute treat Dec 2, 2007
Readers of Michel de Trez's books know that they are in for an absolute treat with this book.
Impeccably researched and fabulously illustrated, this massive book on our American Airborne forces is packed with an enormous amount of material on the operations, the soldiers, their uniforms and equipment.
Michel de Trez has unique access to veteran's archives as well as being a meticulous researcher. It is unlikely there will ever be another book on Sainte-Mere-Eglise which is so well researched and presented.
General Jack Norton, USA ret, 505 PIR
Excellent Photographic study Feb 16, 2007
Let's be honest many narrative books about WWII have a lack of photos, so if you're looking for hundreds of good quality photos of American Airborne troops in Normandy - then this is the book for you. Unlike the tiny inch-square photos of some books, here Michel De Trez spares no expense in sharing with us large 10 x 8 style photos of men in and out of combat. You can see the fear and exhaustion in the GIs faces and for the militaria freaks there are great close-up shots of uniforms and equipment details. Many of these are rare archive shots from the authors private collection you won't see elsewhere.
However if I was being really critical, personally I would have liked to see some of the more repetitive shots omitted from the book. There are some series of several photos taken from moving footage of the same group of soldiers where perhaps just one photo would have been sufficient. Also longer captions would have been nice. But that's me being a perfectionist, as a working battlefield guide this book is a very useful and fascinating glimpse at an era in history I missed by being born 30+ years too late!