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The dead and those about to die : D-Day : the Big Red One at Omaha Beach / John C. McManus.

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Record details

  • ISBN: 9780451415295
  • ISBN: 0451415299
  • ISBN: 9780451415301
  • ISBN: 0451415302
  • ISBN: 9781524745509
  • ISBN: 1524745502
  • Physical Description: 367 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York, New York : NAL Caliber, 2014.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Background -- Intentions -- H-hour -- Survivors -- Brass -- Reinforcements -- Inland -- Support -- Beachhead -- Meaning.
Summary, etc.:
This book is a white-knuckle account of the 1st Infantry Division's harrowing D-Day assault on the eastern sector of Omaha Beach. Nicknamed the Big Red One, 1st Division had fought from North Africa to Sicily, earning a reputation as stalwart warriors on the front lines and rabble-rousers in the rear. Yet on D-Day, these jaded combat veterans melded with fresh-faced replacement to accomplish one of the most challenging and deadly missions ever. As the men hit the beach, their equipment destroyed or washed away, soldiers cut down by the dozen, courageous heroes emerged: men such as Sergeant Raymond Strojny, who grabbed a bazooka and engaged in a death duel with a fortified German antitank gun; T/5 Joe Pinder, a former minor-league pitcher who braved enemy fire to save of vital radio; Lieutenant John Spalding, a former sportswriter, and Sergeant Phil Streczyk, a truck driver, who together demolished a German strong point overlooking Easy Red, where hundreds of Americans had landed. Along the way McManus floors the Gap Assault Team engineers who don't with the expensive mines and obstacles, suffering nearly a 50% casualty rate; highlights officers such as Brigadier General Willard Wyman and Colonel George Taylor, who led the way to victory; and punctures scores of myth surrounding this long-misunderstood battle. The Dead and Those About to Die draws on a rich array of new or recently unearthed sources, including interviews with veterans. The result is history at its finest, the unforgettable story of the Big Red One's 19 hours of hell -- and their ultimate triumph -- on June 6, 1944. - Jacket flap.
Provides a detailed, harrowing account of the D-Day assault on Omaha Beach from the perspective of the soldiers of the 1st Infantry Division as well as from the Gap Assault Team engineers who dealt with mines and other dangerous obstacles.
Subject: United States. Army. Infantry Division, 1st > History > 20th century.
United States. Army. Infantry Division, 1st.
World War (1939-1945)
World War, 1939-1945 > Campaigns > France > Normandy.
World War, 1939-1945 > Regimental histories > United States.
Military campaigns.
Regimental histories.
France > Normandy.
United States.
Genre: Nonfiction.
History.