June 6, 1944, was a galvanizing moment in our history. Following a year of planning, build-ups of troops and materiel, monitoring of enemy code traffic, elaborate counter-intelligence plots, the assembly of a 7,000-ship armada, and preparatory bombing and paratrooper drops, an army of 150,000 Allied soldiers began landings on five Normandy beaches--the first step in the final push to defeat Hitler's Third Reich. Small wonder that this epic assault is, for many, the central drama of World War II in Europe, and the subject of innumerable histories, novels, documentaries, and motion pictures.
Celebrating this achievement and the total commitment of all who took part--more than 4,000 Allied fighters were killed, and estimates of German deaths range from 4,000 to 9,000--we offer scores of books and DVDs covering every aspect of this conflict. Here are gripping documentaries and Hollywood blockbusters with a you-are-there immediacy, nuts-and-bolts accounts of specific military actions, de-classified stories of the fiendishly clever ruses that kept the Nazis guessing wrong, and intensely personal recollections of the men who fought and died on D-Day.