Normandy depicts the planning and execution of Operation Overlord in 96 full-color pages. The initial paratrooper assault is shown, as well as the storming of the five D-Day beaches: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword. But the story does not end there. Once the Allies got ashore, they had to stay ashore. The Germans made every effort to push them back into the sea. This book depicts the such key events in the Allied liberation of Europe as:
1. Construction of the Mulberry Harbors, two giant artificial harbors built in England and floated across the English Channel so that troops, vehicles, and supplies could be offloaded across the invasion beaches.
2. The Capture of Cherbourg, the nearest French port, against a labyrinth of Gennan pillboxes.
3. The American fight through the heavy bocage (hedgerow country) to take the vital town of Saint-Lô.
4. The British-Canadian struggle for the city of Caen against the Hitler Youth Division, made up of 23,000 seventeen- and eighteen-year-old Nazi fanatics.
5. The breakout of General Pattons Third Army and the desperate US 30th Divisions defense of Mortaine.
6. The Falaise Pocket, known as the Killing Ground, where the remnants of two German armies were trapped and bombed and shelled into submission. The slaughter was so great that 5,000 Germans were buried in one mass grave.
7. The Liberation of Paris, led by the 2nd Free French Armored Division, which had been fighting for four long years with this goal in mind.
This highly informative and beautifully illustrated volume presents you not only with an overview of a century of powered flight and the key technical developments, but also with an explanation of fundamental aerodynamic principles. Setting events in their historical context, it examines each of the most important fighters in turn and tells of the individuals whose ingenuity and courage gave military aviation its extraordinary momentum.
The Spitfire was the warbird on which the British pinned their airborne hopes during World War II. Covers the Spitfire's design and development, describes the variations built of the plane, and includes more than 100 historic photographs and first-hand accounts from Spitfire combat pilots.