The Story of D-Day Author:Bruce Bliven, Jr. By May of 1944, it was clear that Germany could no longer win the war in Europe. However, it was also possible that the Nazi armies could fight the Allies to a stalemate. While the Soviet armies were making progress in their eastward advancement, the Atlantic coast of Europe seemed impenetrable. Only by attacking and overcoming this obstacle cou... more »ld the Allies hope to send Germany to a total defeat.
That invasion took place on June 6, 1944 and as everyone who has studied it knows it was the greatest amphibious invasion ever carried out. The Allied leaders spent years creating their meticulous plans and it was time to carry them out. However, it is also the case that it came very close to being a catastrophic failure.
This book presents all the facts, all of the statistics, the broad strategies as well as several stories of individual heroism. For the invasion succeeded, but only because a relatively few men found the courage to rise above their fear. In a battle that involved so many men, it is amazing to read how few men made the difference. By leading from the front and moving forward in the face of fire, these men were the spears that pierced the impenetrable.
Written at the appropriate level for the middle school student, this is a history that all students should read. There are times in the life of a nation when the actions of a small number of men make a very large difference. D-Day was such a time and we should all honor their memory by learning what they accomplished.« less