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Operation Neptune 1944: D-Day's Seaborne Armada (Campaign) [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Ken Ford

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18. Februar 2014 Campaign (Buch 268)
June 6th, 1944: the largest fleet in history landed Eisenhower's Allied army on the beaches of Normandy against Erwin Rommel's Nazi German defenses. Almost seventy years on from D Day, the story of the greatest armada seen in world history is still not widely known. It has been celebrated in only two major books, both titled Operation Neptune; the first was published just after the war in 1946, the second in 1974, although reprinted in a new edition in 2008. Both were full of details, but lacked visual appeal. With the forthcoming anniversary of D Day in 2014, the time is right for the story to be told again in the style of the Campaign series.
Operation Neptune was the greatest naval operation ever undertaken, especially if looked at from the number of ships employed in the venture - over 7,000. This incredible enterprise is now completely overshadowed by the lan combat aspects of the invasion. When people think of D Day, they think primarily of troops storming the beaches and fighting their way inland. How these troops got to the beaches; how the seaward flanks of German defences were bombarded by accurate gunfire; how the fighting men were reinforced; how their casualties were evacuated back to England and how the later divisions were organised, transported and disembarked seems not to have been part of the public narrative of the invasion. It is now time that the work of planners, shipbuilders, logistic experts, and the men of the Royal and US Navies, and their allies, was shown to a modern audience.
The planners of Operation Neptune were charged with returning Allied forces in strength to mainland Europe. Whilst the land aspects of the operation were left to the generals, the admirals had to ponder how the troops and their equipment could be transferred safely from quiet harbours in Britain on to a very hostile shore. The task required of them was immense. They had to find enough suitable mutually supporting beaches and assemble sufficient shipping to transport troops across the Channel. They also had to organise protection for the ships on passage and the bombardment of enemy defences covering the landing places. Landing craft had to prepared and crews trained to deliver the troops on time, in place and in correct order, then to introduce follow-up troops to a tight timetable and evacuate the wounded. Even more ships had to be found to re-supply those troops ashore. Then, when the assault phase was over, the US and Royal navies had to continue to support the enlargement of the lodgement with large calibre guns whilst their engineers built new artificial harbours and performed a host of other unspecified objects too numerous to mention. Operation Neptune was absolutely immense in its scope.

In addition to the naval aspects of the operation other great feats of engineering were also undertaken. Artificial harbours, a 60 mile fuel pipe line under the ocean, artificial breakwaters and other engineering marvels made D-Day a supportable reality.
The story of Operation Neptune was, of course, more than just a tale of planning, building and logistics. It had action a-plenty and the emotive tales of bravery, ingenuity and determination by the crews of the ships involved brought credit to the naval traditions of the Allied nations. Battleships, cruisers and destroyers bombarded enemy positions; midget submarines pointed the way to the beaches; minesweepers worked secretly by night to clear lanes; landing craft of all sizes braved enemy fire and mines to deposit their loads on the beaches and naval beach parties endured shellfire and machine guns to bring order to the beaches. Royal Navy commandos and US naval engineers dealt with beach obstacles against rising tides in the face of withering enemy fire.

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"First and foremost this 96-page paper- back recounts the ingenuity, valor and determination of Allied seamen who opened a new front on the Euro- pean mainland and helped pave the way to victory over Axis forces. This book is liberally illustrated in color and black and white by fascinat- ing photos, excellent maps and a few fine color plates by Howard Gerrard." Grant Peterson, Toy Soldier and Model Figure magazine

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Ken Ford was born in Hampshire in 1943. He trained as an engineer and spent almost 30 years in the telecommunications industry before a change in career led him to become a full-time military historian. He is the author of over 20 books on various aspects of World War II. Ken now lives in Southampton. The author lives in Southampton, UK.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen How they got to the beaches... 26. Februar 2014
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D-Day remains one of the iconic events of the Second World War for Americans, the moment in time when U.S., British, and Canadian troops began the liberation of France and the campaign that would end in the final defeat of Nazi Germany. The seaborne operation that got five Allied ground divisions to Normandy on the sixth of June, 1944, is somewhat less celebrated, and undeservedly so. The Osprey Campaign Series book "Operation Neptune 1944" may be a cure for the general reader and the student, courtesy of author Ken Ford and illustrator Howard Gerrard.

The military plans for the Allied return to France had many names, beginning with Operation Roundup in 1941. Its final version, Operation Overlord, called for a massive land, sea, and air campaign to achieve a secure beachhead in northern France. The seaborne component, Operation Neptune, involved over 7,000 ships, mostly from the U.S. and Royal Navies, a fiendishly complex timetable, and a whole host of unique weapons and engineering feats, from artificial harbors to pipelines under the ocean. Author Ken Ford walks the reader through the commanders of the assault and their opponents in Normandy, their plans, and their forces. The methodical recounting of the actual operation covers many pages, but will leave the interested reader with a sense of awe that somehow, it came together.

The text is nice enhanced with a terrific collection of photographs, maps, diagrams and illustrations. The author considers only the German response to the seaborne armada. Readers looking for details of the fighting on Omaha and the other beaches will find them in other Osprey books. Highly recommended to the reader with enough interest to plow through the details of a complex operation.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent to increase your knowledge of the D-Day maritime operations 10. Juli 2014
Von Malcolm T - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Excellent to increase your knowledge of the D-Day maritime operations. It is paerticularly valuable in this, the 70th anniverary year of the D-Day invasion.
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