Military history

Overlord: D-Day and the Battle for Normandy

Overlord: D-Day and the Battle for Normandy

On June 6, 1944, American and British troops staged the greatest amphibious landing in history to begin Operation Overlord, the battle to liberate Europe from the scourge of the Third Reich. With gut-wrenching realism and immediacy, Hastings reveals the terrible human cost that this battle exacted.

Moving beyond just the storming of Omaha beach and D-Day, he explores the Allies’ push inward, with many British and American infantry units suffering near 100 percent casualties during the course of that awful summer. Far from a gauzy romanticized remembrance, Hastings details a grueling ten week battle to overpower the superbly trained, geographically entrenched German Wehrmacht. Uncompromising and powerful in its depiction of wartime, this is the definitive book on D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.

Foreword

Prologue

Chapter 1 » ‘Much the greatest thing we have ever attempted’

Chapter 2 » Preparations - Commanders

Airmen

Invaders

Defenders

Chapter 3 » To the Far Shore - The overture

The American beaches

The British beaches

Inland

Chapter 4 » The British Before Caen - Closing the lines

Villers-Bocage

EPSOM

Chapter 5 » The Americans Before Cherbourg - The bocage

The battle for Cherbourg

Chapter 6 » The German Army: Stemming the Tide - Soldiers

Weapons

Chapter 7 » The Battlefield - From the beachhead to the front

Casualties

Chapter 8 » Crisis of Confidence - The fall of Caen

GOODWOOD

Chapter 9 » The Breakout - COBRA

The limits of air power

Chapter 10 » The Open Flank

Chapter 11 » The Road to Falaise

Chapter 12 » The Gap

Appendix A: Chronology of the Normandy Campaign

Appendix B: Allied Order of Battle

Appendix C: Forces available in ETO for Operation OVERLORD, D-Day, 6 June 1944

Appendix D: German land forces encountered by the Allies in Normandy

Appendix E: Some British administrative statistics

Bibliography and a note on sources

Notes and references

Glossary

Acknowledgements

List of Plates