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  Remembering DDay   D-Day: Reflections of Courage  

D-Day: Reflections of Courage

This feature-length program uses eyewitness interviews, realistic re-creations, and historical footage to tell the story of the Normandy invasion on June 6, 1944. Unlike most D-Day documentaries, this one presents the events from the perspective of all of those who participated: Americans, British, Germans, and French. Here are details of the complex and deadly secret war fought by the men and women of France and the rest of mainland Europe; the intricate defense of the western front by forces ...... read more

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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.
 

 

  Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest  

Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest

This tribute to the men of Easy Company (the inspiration for the HBO miniseries of the same name) follows a crack rifle unit of the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division from their rigorous training together in Georgia in 1942. They parachuted into France and knocked out four big guns on D-Day, doggedly held the line in Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge, and ultimately captured Hitler's "Eagle's Nest" in Berchtesgarden. As Stephen Ambrose relates—often using the soldiers' own words—these ...... read more


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The American GI in Europe in World War II: The March to D-Day  

The American GI in Europe in World War II: The March to D-Day

J.E. Kaufmann & H.W. Kaufmann.

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The attack on Pearl Harbor propelled America into a two-front war, motivating thousands of young men to enlist. This first book in the series follows them through their basic training, adjustment to ... ... read more

 
Twelve Desperate Miles: The Epic World War II Voyage of the SS Contessa  

Twelve Desperate Miles: The Epic World War II Voyage of the SS Contessa

Tim Brady.

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Before General Patton could invade Morocco in Operation Torch, which would then enable the Allied invasion of Nazi Europe through Italy, he needed 500 tons of airplane fuel and 900 tons of bombs ... ... read more

 
Operation Fortitude: The Story of the Spies and the Spy Operation that Saved D-Day  

Operation Fortitude: The Story of the Spies and the Spy Operation that Saved D-Day

Joshua Levine.

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In addition to the enormous amount of planning and training that went into the Allied invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944, the success of D-Day was due in large part to an ingenious and complex web ... ... read more

 
The Fighting Fourth: No. 4 Commando at War 1940–45  

The Fighting Fourth: No. 4 Commando at War 1940–45

James Dunning.


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One of the original volunteers for No. 4 Commando, James Dunning chronicles this elite wartime special service unit, from its formation in 1940 to its disbandment five years later at the end of World ... ... read more

 
Chronology, 1941–1945: U.S. Army in World War II: Special Studies  

Chronology, 1941–1945: U.S. Army in World War II: Special Studies

Mary H. Williams. Jerry D. Morelock, foreword.

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From the attack on Pearl Harbor to the armistice with Japan on September 2nd, 1945, this book provides an encyclopedic, day-by-day chronology of most of World War II's pivotal events. Despite the ... ... read more

 
 
The Bletchley Circle: Cracking a Killer's Code  

The Bletchley Circle: Cracking a Killer's Code

Anna Maxwell Martin, Rachael Stirling, Sophie Rundle & others. Andy de Emmony, director.

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Susan (Anna Maxwell Martin), Millie (Rachael Stirling), Lucy (Sophie Rundle), and Jean (Julie Graham) worked together at top-security HQ Bletchley Park to help crack German military codes, producing ... ... read more

 
The Bletchley Circle: Season 2  

The Bletchley Circle: Season 2

Anna Maxwell Martin, Rachael Stirling, Sophie Rundle, Julie Graham & others. Jamie Payne & Sarah Harding, directors.

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The Bletchley Circle mystery series follows four fascinating, smart, and strong women who have the extraordinary ability to break codes, a skill honed during World War II when they all worked ... ... read more

 
Pegasus Bridge: D-Day: The Daring British Airborne Raid  

Pegasus Bridge: D-Day: The Daring British Airborne Raid

Stephen E. Ambrose.


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In the early morning hours of June 6, 1944, a small detachment of British airborne troops stormed German defensive forces and captured Pegasus Bridge. It was the first engagement of D-Day, and ... ... read more

 
The Ranger Force: Darby's Rangers in World War II  

The Ranger Force: Darby's Rangers in World War II

Robert W. Black.

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The author of Ranger Dawn turns his attention to the 1st, 3rd, and 4th Ranger Battalions, otherwise known as Darby's Rangers, who were the first Americans to see active combat in the European ... ... read more

 
Cry Havoc: The Arms Race and the Second World War 1931–1941  

Cry Havoc: The Arms Race and the Second World War 1931–1941

Joe Maiolo.


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Was a series of arms races in the 1930s the primary cause of World War II? The author of The Royal Navy and Nazi Germany, 1933–1939 and winner of the Julian Corbett Award in Modern Naval ... ... read more

 
 
The American GI in Europe in World War II: D-Day: Storming Ashore  

The American GI in Europe in World War II: D-Day: Storming Ashore

J.E. Kaufmann & H.W. Kaufmann.

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Chronicling the Allies' highly secretive planning and training for Operation Overlord, this book culminates in the D-Day airborne drops and amphibious landings at Omaha Beach and Utah Beach. Based on ... ... read more

 
Daring Young Men: The Heroism and Triumph of the Berlin Airlift, June 1948–May 1949  

Daring Young Men: The Heroism and Triumph of the Berlin Airlift, June 1948–May 1949

Richard Reeves.

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In the early hours of June 26, 1948, phones began ringing across America, waking up the airmen of World War II—pilots, navigators, and mechanics—who had only just begun having normal lives with new ... ... read more

 
World War II Secret Operations Handbook: S.O.E., O.S.S. & Maquis Guide to Sabotaging the Nazi War Machine  

World War II Secret Operations Handbook: S.O.E., O.S.S. & Maquis Guide to Sabotaging the Nazi War Machine

Stephen Hart & Chris Mann.

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The combat skills and tricks used by the Allied military, special forces, and resistance fighters in World War II are demonstrated in this manual, including how to work as a sniper, blow up bridges, ... ... read more

 
World War II: The Unseen Visual History  

World War II: The Unseen Visual History

The Caen Memorial. Christopher Caines, trans.

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This stirring account of World War II draws on a rich trove of historical images and artifacts collected in Caen, France, one of many cities devastated by that pivotal conflict. In the form of a ... ... read more

 
The Wehrmacht 1935–1945: World War II Data Book  

The Wehrmacht 1935–1945: World War II Data Book

Michael E. Haskew.

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The foundation of Hitler's military might, the Wehrmacht were Germany's disciplined, highly effective land forces. This illustrated overview by the author of Fighting Techniques of the Oriental ... ... read more

 
 
Code Name Caesar: The Secret Hunt for U-Boat 864 During World War II  

Code Name Caesar: The Secret Hunt for U-Boat 864 During World War II

Jerome Preisler & Kenneth Sewell.

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Desperate to regain the upper hand in World War II, the Axis powers launched an audacious plan in February 1944. The submarine U-864 was to leave Germany with scientists, advanced rocket and ... ... read more

 
Great Battles of World War II  

Great Battles of World War II


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World War II put some 70 million people in uniform and killed perhaps as many as 30 million. It lasted only six years, but it produced the biggest armies, the most devastating weapons, the most ... ... read more

 
7th Armoured Division at Villers-Bocage: 13 June 1944: Visual Battle Guide  

7th Armoured Division at Villers-Bocage: 13 June 1944: Visual Battle Guide

David Porter.


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In response to the D-Day landings at Normandy on June 6, 1944, German forces established strong defenses in front of the city of Caen. After U.S. units opened a gap in the German line, a mixed mobile ... ... read more

 
Into Dust and Fire: Five Young Americans Who Went First to Fight the Nazi Army  

Into Dust and Fire: Five Young Americans Who Went First to Fight the Nazi Army

Rachel S. Cox.

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In the spring of 1941, Britain stood alone against the Nazi onslaught in Europe. The United States remained wary of joining another costly and destructive conflict, but for five extraordinary young ... ... read more

 
Hitler's Masterplan 1933–1945: World War II Data Book  

Hitler's Masterplan 1933–1945: World War II Data Book

Chris McNab.

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How would Europe have looked if Nazi Germany had been victorious in World War II? Between 1933 and 1945, Hitler envisioned the infrastructure, architecture, and labor forces of a vast German empire, ... ... read more

 
 
Rommel's Desert Commanders: The Men Who Served the Desert Fox, North Africa, 1941–42  

Rommel's Desert Commanders: The Men Who Served the Desert Fox, North Africa, 1941–42

Samuel W. Mitcham Jr.

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In Libya and Egypt in 1941 and 1942, German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel achieved immortality as the Desert Fox, battling and usually defeating numerically superior enemies. In this history—which ... ... read more

 
Bombers 1939–1945: Patrol and Transport Aircraft  

Bombers 1939–1945: Patrol and Transport Aircraft

Kenneth Munson.


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From Britain's Supermarine Walrus, a biplane flying boat from the 1930s that continued to serve for the next 30 years, to Japan's rocket-powered Ohka, which in 1944 could dive at close to the speed ... ... read more

 
Operation Fortitude: The Story of the Spy Operation that Saved D-Day  

Operation Fortitude: The Story of the Spy Operation that Saved D-Day

Joshua Levine.


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In addition to the enormous amount of planning and training that went into the Allied invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944, the success of D-Day was due in large part to an ingenious and complex web ... ... read more

 
Southampton's Children of the Blitz  

Southampton's Children of the Blitz

Andrew Bissell.


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Southampton, the major port on the southern coast of England from which Titanic sailed, received some of the most ferocious German bombing in World War II. From Gwen Hughes's memory of being ... ... read more

 
Inferno: The World at War, 1939–1945  

Inferno: The World at War, 1939–1945

Max Hastings.

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One of Britain's top journalists and the author of more than 20 books, including Winston's War and the Somerset Maugham Award winner Bomber Command, Max Hastings here gives us what many ... ... read more

 
 
For the Homeland: The 31st Waffen-SS Volunteer Grenadier Division in WWII  

For the Homeland: The 31st Waffen-SS Volunteer Grenadier Division in WWII

Rudolf Pencz.

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Composed of ethnic Germans—many of them old men or mere boys—living in Hungary, the 31st Waffen-SS Volunteer Grenadier Division fought against the Red Army in Hungary starting in late 1944, and ... ... read more

 
WWII Box Set—60th Anniversary Collection: Das Boot; The Caine Mutiny; Anzio  

WWII Box Set—60th Anniversary Collection: Das Boot; The Caine Mutiny; Anzio

Jurgen Prochnow, Humphrey Bogart, Robert Mitchum, Peter Falk & others. Wolfgang Petersen & Edward Dmytryk, directors.

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Leading off this bargain-priced set of WWII classics in widescreen format is the director's cut of Das Boot (1981), Wolfgang Petersen's Oscar-nominated intense, claustrophobic portrayal of ... ... read more

 
The Ghost Army  

The Ghost Army

Peter Coyote, narrator.

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During World War II, the U.S. 23rd Headquarters Special Troops created a traveling road show of deception on the battlefields of Europe, with the Nazi German Army as their audience. They used ... ... read more

 
The Royal Navy at War: WWII Film Collection  

The Royal Navy at War: WWII Film Collection

Imperial War Museum.

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Collected here on four DVDs are 29 complete training and public information films produced during the war years 1940–43. The first disc features the commissioning of the HMS Howe, ... ... read more

 
Forgotten Weapon: U.S. Navy Airships and the U-Boat War  

Forgotten Weapon: U.S. Navy Airships and the U-Boat War

William F. Althoff.

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When discussing how air power helped make the U.S. Navy so successful in World War II, few people think of blimps or rigid airships as part of that equation. Yet navy blimps were essential to ... ... read more

 
 
The Fuhrer  

The Fuhrer

Konrad Heiden. Richard Overy, intro.

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Journalist Konrad Heiden was among the first to hear the young Adolf Hitler’s rousing orations and to recognize his political ingenuity and perverse, self-serving ideology. As a staff reporter on the ... ... read more

 
Leningrad: Hero City: Images of War: Rare Photographs From Wartime Archives  

Leningrad: Hero City: Images of War: Rare Photographs From Wartime Archives

Nik Cornish.

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The entire course of history's deadliest siege is covered here, from the Germans' September 1941 encirclement of Leningrad, through the Red Army's desperate attempts to stave off the Wehrmacht, to ... ... read more

 
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