|Leo Marriott & Simon Forty.|
|Pages/Publication Date:||64 / 2016|
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.
Of the five beaches attacked on D-Day, Omaha saw the sternest fighting. Well-placed German defenders on the high ground did their job, and while strong tides prevented some of the Allies' equipment from coming ashore, many of the troops themselves landed in the wrong place. Despite setbacks and significant casualties, however, the stage had been set for a remarkable victory. The photos here evoke the formidable threats that these soldiers overcame, and depict the ways that their sacrifices are commemorated in the region.