Focusing on the invasion of Normandy and Operation Market Garden, the Past & Present series uses dozens of archival and contemporary photographs to reveal the scope and effects of these pivotal World War II battles. Short texts clarify the important events, while clear, easy to understand maps make it possible to follow the progress of Allied forces as they advanced.
After participating in the invasion of Sicily, Major General Matthew B. Ridgway's 82nd Airborne prepared for D-Day. Dispersed on landing, the division overcame strong German defenses to take the town of Ste-Mère-Église, and they protected the Utah beachhead. When withdrawn a month later, the 82nd had unquestionably helped establish the Allied forces' foothold in France. Eye-opening and poignant, the images here highlight the efforts of these heroic troops, and provide views of the picturesque towns they liberated along the way.