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The D-Day atlas : anatomy of the Normandy campaign / Charles Messenger.

By: Messenger, Charles, 1941-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : Thames & Hudson, 2004Description: 176 pages : illustrations (some color), col. maps ; 30cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780500251232(hbk).Subject(s): World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- France -- NormandyDDC classification:
Contents:
Planning and preparation -- Operation Sealion German invasion plans -- Denmark and Norway April-June 1940 -- The Dakar operation August-September 1940 -- Allied special forces operations in France and Norway (1940-43) -- Early invasion plans 1941-43 -- St. Nazaire Raid - Operation Chariot 28 March 1942 -- Operation Jubilee - Dieppe Raid -- North Africa landings 8 November 1942 -- Invasion of Sicily 10 July-17 August 1943 -- COSSAC plan August 1943 -- Revised plan April 1944 -- Air plan June 1944 -- Naval plan -- Deception plans for D-day - operation overlord -- Concentration of allied forces in the United Kingdom -- Fortress Europe -- Festung Europa - distribution of German divisions in the West November 1943 -- Festung Europe - German defences in the west -- French resistance - November early 1944 -- French resistance : industrial sabotage 1942-44 -- The German coastal batteries and their ranges May-June 1944 -- The Merville battery -- D-day -- Allied D-day landing plan and objectives 6 June 1944 -- 101st airborne division drop pattern 6 June 1944 -- 82nd airborne division drop pattern 6 June 1944 -- British 6th airborne division 6 June 1944 -- Pegasus Bridge -- Allied naval bombardment plan 6 June 1944 -- Utah Beach : initial landing to midday -- Pointe du hoc : initial landing to midday -- Assault on Omaha Beach : situation at midday -- Gold Beach : initial landing to midday -- Juno Beach : initial landing to midday -- Sword Beach : initial landing to midday -- First German reactions -- The beachhead battles -- Overview of Normandy 6 June -- Gold and Juno beaches : consolidation to 9 June -- Sword Beach : consolidation to 9 June -- Omaha Beach : consolidation to 8 June -- Utah Beach 6-8 June 1944 -- Interdiction bombing of northern France -- Villers-Bocage 11-14 June 1944 -- Crossing the Cotentin 11-18 June 1944 -- Overview of frontline 7-12 June 1944 -- Mulberry Harbour A at St.-Laurent-sur-Mer 19-21 June 1944 -- Mulberry Harbour B June 1944 -- Capture of Cherbourg 18-30 June 1944 -- Bombing of Cherbourg -- Monty's plan 30 June 1944 -- Battle for St.-Lo 11-24 July 1944 -- Operation Epsom 24-30 June 1944 -- Operation Charnwood 7-9 July 1944 -- The Odon Valley 10-18 July -- Overview of frontline 12-30 June -- Operation Goodwood 18-22 July 1944 -- Normandy front 24 July -- Break-out -- Operation Cobra 25-31 July -- German counter-attack at Mortain -- Bluecoat day 1-30 July 1944 -- Operation Bluecoat 29 July-6 August 1944 -- Overall situation 6 August 1944 -- Operation Totalize 7-11 August 1944 -- Overrunning Brittany 3-7 August 1944 -- Operation Tractable 14-15 August 1944 -- Closing the Falaise pocket 13 August 1944 -- Closing the Falaise pocket 16 August 1944 -- Closing the Falaise pocket 19 August 1944 -- Overview of campaign 6-19 August 1944 -- The liberation of Paris 13-25 August 1944 -- Allied advance to 31 August 1944 -- Allied advance to 15 September 1944 -- Europe allied advance to September 1944 -- Codewords connected with d-day -- High command diagrams -- Divisions which fought in Normandy.
Review: "At the heart of this fascinating re-creation of the D-Day campaign are 71 maps in full color, which incorporate the latest computer technology. Many are in fact based on the very same maps used by the Allies in 1944. Specially commissioned reconstruction drawings and 82 contemporary photographs help bring the beaches of Normandy to life." "With its superb cartography and authoritative text, this is both a compelling history of the D-Day invasion and an essential work of reference."--BOOK JACKET.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

June 2004 marks the sixtieth anniversary of the largest amphibious military operation in history. D-Day was the culmination of four years of planning and preparation, which had begun in summer 1940 when Britain stood alone and under imminent threat of a German cross-Channel invasion. This groundbreaking study of D-Day and the subsequent campaign charts the gradual evolution of the invasion plan, encompassing the intelligence efforts, the Anglo-U.S. strategic debate over where the Allies should attack, and the elaborate deception put in place to fool the Germans about the true D-Day objective. The buildup culminates in an hour-by-hour and day-by-day account of the landings by air and by sea on the beaches of NormandyUtah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Swordand the subsequent grim struggle for six weeks to break through the German defenses. At the center of this fascinating re-creation of the D-Day invasion are 70 maps in full color, which incorporate the latest computer technology. Many are in fact based on the same maps used by the Allies in 1944. Detailed drawings and 80 photographs, both modern and contemporary to the period, help bring the beaches of Normandy to life. The book also includes contributions by French and German historians. Featuring:Splendid full-color maps with detailed explanatory captionsSection introductions with comprehensive examinations of how, when, where, why, and whoAn authoritative text by a noted military historian175 illustrations, 70 in color

Includes index and bibliographical references.

Ch. 1. Planning and preparation -- Operation Sealion German invasion plans -- Denmark and Norway April-June 1940 -- The Dakar operation August-September 1940 -- Allied special forces operations in France and Norway (1940-43) -- Early invasion plans 1941-43 -- St. Nazaire Raid - Operation Chariot 28 March 1942 -- Operation Jubilee - Dieppe Raid -- North Africa landings 8 November 1942 -- Invasion of Sicily 10 July-17 August 1943 -- COSSAC plan August 1943 -- Revised plan April 1944 -- Air plan June 1944 -- Naval plan -- Deception plans for D-day - operation overlord -- Concentration of allied forces in the United Kingdom -- Ch. 2. Fortress Europe -- Festung Europa - distribution of German divisions in the West November 1943 -- Festung Europe - German defences in the west -- French resistance - November early 1944 -- French resistance : industrial sabotage 1942-44 -- The German coastal batteries and their ranges May-June 1944 -- The Merville battery -- Ch. 3. D-day -- Allied D-day landing plan and objectives 6 June 1944 -- 101st airborne division drop pattern 6 June 1944 -- 82nd airborne division drop pattern 6 June 1944 -- British 6th airborne division 6 June 1944 -- Pegasus Bridge -- Allied naval bombardment plan 6 June 1944 -- Utah Beach : initial landing to midday -- Pointe du hoc : initial landing to midday -- Assault on Omaha Beach : situation at midday -- Gold Beach : initial landing to midday -- Juno Beach : initial landing to midday -- Sword Beach : initial landing to midday -- First German reactions -- Ch. 4. The beachhead battles -- Overview of Normandy 6 June -- Gold and Juno beaches : consolidation to 9 June -- Sword Beach : consolidation to 9 June -- Omaha Beach : consolidation to 8 June -- Utah Beach 6-8 June 1944 -- Interdiction bombing of northern France -- Villers-Bocage 11-14 June 1944 -- Crossing the Cotentin 11-18 June 1944 -- Overview of frontline 7-12 June 1944 -- Mulberry Harbour A at St.-Laurent-sur-Mer 19-21 June 1944 -- Mulberry Harbour B June 1944 -- Capture of Cherbourg 18-30 June 1944 -- Bombing of Cherbourg -- Monty's plan 30 June 1944 -- Battle for St.-Lo 11-24 July 1944 -- Operation Epsom 24-30 June 1944 -- Operation Charnwood 7-9 July 1944 -- The Odon Valley 10-18 July -- Overview of frontline 12-30 June -- Operation Goodwood 18-22 July 1944 -- Normandy front 24 July -- Ch. 5. Break-out -- Operation Cobra 25-31 July -- German counter-attack at Mortain -- Bluecoat day 1-30 July 1944 -- Operation Bluecoat 29 July-6 August 1944 -- Overall situation 6 August 1944 -- Operation Totalize 7-11 August 1944 -- Overrunning Brittany 3-7 August 1944 -- Operation Tractable 14-15 August 1944 -- Closing the Falaise pocket 13 August 1944 -- Closing the Falaise pocket 16 August 1944 -- Closing the Falaise pocket 19 August 1944 -- Overview of campaign 6-19 August 1944 -- The liberation of Paris 13-25 August 1944 -- Allied advance to 31 August 1944 -- Allied advance to 15 September 1944 -- Europe allied advance to September 1944 -- Codewords connected with d-day -- High command diagrams -- Divisions which fought in Normandy.

"At the heart of this fascinating re-creation of the D-Day campaign are 71 maps in full color, which incorporate the latest computer technology. Many are in fact based on the very same maps used by the Allies in 1944. Specially commissioned reconstruction drawings and 82 contemporary photographs help bring the beaches of Normandy to life." "With its superb cartography and authoritative text, this is both a compelling history of the D-Day invasion and an essential work of reference."--BOOK JACKET.

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Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Key to Maps (p. 4)
  • Preface (p. 6)
  • Chapter 1 Planning and Preparation (p. 9)
  • Operation Sealion German Invasion Plans (p. 11)
  • Denmark and Norway April-June 1940 (p. 12)
  • The Dakar Operation August-September 1940 (p. 14)
  • Allied Special Forces operations in France and Norway 1940-43 (p. 15)
  • Early Invasion Plans 1941-43 (p. 17)
  • St Nazaire Raid--Operation Chariot 28 March 1942 (p. 19)
  • Operation Jubilee--Dieppe Raid (p. 20)
  • North Africa Landings 8 November 1942 (p. 22)
  • Invasion of Sicily 10 July-17 August 1943 (p. 25)
  • COSSAC Plan August 1943 (p. 26)
  • Revised Plan April 1944 (p. 28)
  • Air Plan June 1944 (p. 32)
  • Naval Plan (p. 36)
  • Deception Plans for D-Day--Operation Overlord (p. 38)
  • Concentration of Allied forces in the United Kingdom (p. 43)
  • Chapter 2 Fortress Europe (p. 45)
  • Festung Europa--Distribution of German Divisions in the West November 1943 (p. 47)
  • Festung Europa--German Defences in the West (p. 49)
  • French Resistance--Normandy early 1944 (p. 54)
  • French Resistance: Industrial Sabotage 1942-44 (p. 55)
  • The German Coastal Batteries and their ranges May-June 1944 (p. 56)
  • The Merville Battery (p. 56)
  • Chapter 3 D-Day (p. 59)
  • Allied D-Day Landing Plan and Objectives 6 June 1944 (p. 60)
  • 101st Airborne Division Drop Pattern 6 June 1944 (p. 63)
  • 82nd Airborne Division Drop Pattern 6 June 1944 (p. 64)
  • British 6th Airborne Division 6 June 1944 (p. 66)
  • Pegasus Bridge (p. 68)
  • Allied Naval Bombardment Plan 6 June 1944 (p. 70)
  • Utah Beach: Initial landing to midday (p. 76)
  • Pointe du Hoc: Initial landing to midday (p. 78)
  • Assault on Omaha Beach: Situation at midday (p. 80)
  • Gold Beach: Initial landing to midday (p. 82)
  • Juno Beach: Initial landing to midday (p. 84)
  • Sword Beach: Initial landing to midday (p. 86)
  • First German reactions (p. 90)
  • Chapter 4 The Beachhead Battles (p. 93)
  • Overview of Normandy 6 June (p. 95)
  • Gold and Juno Beaches: Consolidation to 9 June (p. 96)
  • Sword Beach: Consolidation to 9 June (p. 99)
  • Omaha Beach: Consolidation to 8 June (p. 101)
  • Utah Beach 6-8 June 1944 (p. 102)
  • Interdiction Bombing of Northern France (p. 103)
  • Villers-Bocage 11-14 June 1944 (p. 106)
  • Crossing the Cotentin 11-18 June 1944 (p. 107)
  • Overview of Frontline 7-12 June 1944 (p. 108)
  • Mulberry Harbour A at St-Laurent-sur-Mer 19-21 June 1944 (p. 110)
  • Mulberry Harbour B June 1944 (p. 111)
  • Capture of Cherbourg 18-30 June 1944 (p. 112)
  • Bombing of Cherbourg (p. 112)
  • Monty's Plan 30 June 1944 (p. 113)
  • Battle for St-Lo 11-24 July 1944 (p. 115)
  • Operation Epsom 24-30 June 1944 (p. 116)
  • Operation Charnwood 7-9 July 1944 (p. 119)
  • The Odon Valley 10-18 July (p. 120)
  • Overview of Frontline 12-30 June (p. 122)
  • Operation Goodwood 18-22 July 1944 (p. 125)
  • Normandy Front 24 July (p. 126)
  • Chapter 5 Break-Out (p. 131)
  • Operation Cobra 25-31 July (p. 133)
  • German Counter-attack at Mortain (p. 135)
  • Bluecoat Day 1 30 July 1944 (p. 137)
  • Operation Bluecoat 29 July-6 August 1944 (p. 139)
  • Overall Situation 6 August 1944 (p. 140)
  • Operation Totalize 7-11 August 1944 (p. 143)
  • Overrunning Brittany 3-7 August 1944 (p. 144)
  • Operation Tractable 14-15 August 1944 (p. 145)
  • Closing the Falaise pocket 13 August 1944 (p. 146)
  • Closing the Falaise pocket 16 August 1944 (p. 148)
  • Closing the Falaise pocket 19 August 1944 (p. 150)
  • Overview of Campaign 6-19 August 1944 (p. 152)
  • The Liberation of Paris 13-25 August 1944 (p. 154)
  • Allied Advance to 31 August 1944 (p. 156)
  • Allied Advance to 15 September 1944 (p. 157)
  • Europe: Allied Advance to September 1944 (p. 159)
  • Epilogue (p. 162)
  • Codewords Connected With D-Day (p. 166)
  • High Command Diagrams (p. 168)
  • Divisions Which Fought in Normandy (p. 170)
  • Further Reading (p. 172)
  • Index (p. 173)
  • Acknowledgments (p. 176)

Reviews provided by Syndetics

Library Journal Review

For a brief narrative history, there's the newest title in Wiley's "Turning Points" series, Sir Martin Gilbert's D-Day (ISBN 0-471-42340-8. $19.95), a compact yet authoritative treatment in the tradition of John Keegan's wonderful Six Armies in Normandy. Also from Wiley, Charles Messenger's The D-Day Atlas: Anatomy of the Normandy Campaign (ISBN 0-500-25123-1. $34.95) colorfully employs 171 illustrations (and 70 full-color maps) to lay out the technical plans, revised plans, and final progress of the armies that historically converged that spring on the beaches. A good choice for military enthusiasts, it helps readers visualize what happened and what was supposed to happen, even if the accompanying text doesn't always bring alive that day when, as one veteran later recalled, "history waded ashore." (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publishers Weekly Review

The 178 illustrations of this annotated atlas include 71 full-color maps, which stand out among its rather indifferent images. A veteran of Britain's Royal Tank Regiment and Territorial Army, historian and defense analyst Messenger (The Second World War in the West) is the author of more than 30 books and has written and directed three BBC Worldwide television series. His knowledge of his subject comes through in the clear, info-packed, subtopic-laden essays that make up the five chapters here, systematically taking readers through D-Day and its aftermath. (Apr. 26) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

CHOICE Review

Military historian Messenger (Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst; Exeter College, Oxford) offers a badly needed reference work on the Normandy campaign, the first book dedicated solely to a campaign to which other military atlases devote a few pages. Researchers will find this study of the battles and related operations very valuable. Messenger covers all phases of the campaign, including planning and buildup, an hourly account of the invasion, and subsequent battles from the breakout to the fall of Paris. The text provides a balanced, comprehensive, and authoritative history of the entire campaign, summer 1943 through September 1944. Supplementing the text are more than 70 detailed, computer generated, color maps of the various landings, operations, and defenses based on Allied maps used during the campaign. Messenger also includes some 80 photographs plus sketches of weapons, aircraft, ships, and artillery. Command organization charts, a code word glossary, suggested readings, and a list of the participating divisions accompany the text. A valuable addition to academic and research collections emphasizing military history, particularly WW II. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. General and academic collections. T. L. Storey Lamar University--Beaumont