The dead and those about to die

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the dead and those about to die

The Dead and Those About to Die: D-Day: The Big Red One at Omaha Beach by John C. McManus

A white-knuckle account of the 1st Infantry Division’s harrowing D-Day assault on the eastern sector of Omaha Beach—acclaimed historian John C. McManus has written a gripping history that will stand as the last word on this titanic battle.

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 replacements 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 dozens, 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 a 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 explores the Gap Assault Team engineers who dealt with the extensive mines and obstacles, suffering nearly a fifty percent casualty rate; highlights officers such as Brigadier General Willard Wyman and Colonel George Taylor, who led the way to victory; and punctures scores of myths 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 nineteen hours of hell—and their ultimate triumph—on June 6, 1944.

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The Dead And Those About To Die : D-Day: The Big Red One at Omaha Beach

I could not put this book down. John McManus has expanded our knowledge of D-Day history by a considerable factor. It is a great read and will appeal to both devoted students of World War II as well as those with a more casual interest. Don't miss it! On the 70th anniversary of that momentous event, John C. McManus has written a gripping history that will stand as the last word on this titanic battle.

A very detailed look at the struggle to take Omaha beach on D-day. Aside from some background on The Big Red One and their fighting in Africa along with the background of the key leaders, this focuses almost exclusively on the details of what happened on the day itself with little broad explanation of the purpose of the invasion in the grand scheme of the war. It gets fairly technical, so if you're looking for a more personal account of what it was like on the beach that day I wouldn't recommend. It gets fairly technical, so if you're looking for a more personal account of what it was like on the beach that day I wouldn't recommend this. But if you're curious about the strategies, weapons, and materials employed in the invasion this is a good start.

Look Inside. May 21, ISBN May 05, ISBN Apr 29, ISBN McManus has written a gripping history that will stand as the last word on this titanic World War II battle. 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 replacements to accomplish one of the most challenging and deadly missions ever.

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Academic journal article Military Review. The title of this book refers to the often-quoted statement uttered by Col., Thank you!

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