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Americans on D-Day: A Photographic History of the Normandy Invasion (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 15. Mai 2014

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"Martin Morgan has spent years gathering and studying these images. He has walked the hallowed invasion beaches countless times. He has dug deeply into archives in multiple countries, poring over image after image. Over the years, he has befriended large numbers of veterans, many of whom have been kind enough to trust him with their own pictures. Sit back and enjoy a fresh look at one of history's most significant events, as seen through the keen eyes of the talented photographers of yesteryear and a fine historian of our own time." -From the introduction by John C. McManus

"...a stunning tour de force of photos documenting the American invasion of Normandy." - John Gresham, Military Monday Radio

"From the beachhead to the drop zone, from the hedgerows to the streets of Carentan, The Americans on D-Day takes us back to those pivotal ‘days of days' when victory in Normandy hung in the balance. This book's rich heart and soulâ??its collection of photosâ??are the culmination of seventy years of archive digging and analysis by historians from around the globe whose collective knowledge is now on display in these pages. Our thanks to the rare few, historians like Martin K.A. Morgan, who have taken their work one step further and returned to the battlefield to match these photos to the present to look for clues into the past. The Americans on D-Day is a photo book about great men who stood before the altar of freedom, ready to lay down their lives. On these pages their deeds play out, only frozen in celluloid, for us to witness seventy years later. In The Americans on D-Day, courage comes into sharp, sobering focus." -Adam Makos, Author of A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II (2012) and Voices of the Pacific: Untold Stories from the Marine Heroes of World War II (2013)

"In The Americans on D-Day, author Martin K.A. Morgan guides readers from the run up to the invasion through to its horrific aftermath with the help of hundreds of gorgeous sepia-toned archival images." - Gizmodo.com

"Martin K. A. Morgan is an expert on the America armed forces on D-Day. His detailed knowledge provides both professional and casual readers a deeper understanding of the battle for Normandy. Mr. Morgan's research took him from the National Archives research rooms to across ‘the pond,' where he found unseen and extant photographs from the Imperial War Museum and other European facilities. As a historian and tour guide, he has visited almost every square foot of ground fought over by American ground and airborne soldiers. His intimate understanding of the battlefields, bunkers, and farmhouses that saw some of the most intense fighting uniquely qualifies him to explain these photographs and their significance to history like no other. This book is simply another great achievement in Mr. Morgan's distinguished career." -Kevin M. Hymel, Author of Patton's Photographs: War as He Saw It (2006)

"Marty Morgan has become perhaps his generation's leading scholar of the Normandy campaign. His unique compilation of photos from the low-tide mark inland to the hedgerows is a rare contribution to our understanding of that historic event." -Barrett Tillman, Author of Brassey's D-Day Encyclopedia (2005)

"Morgan offers a comprehensive photographic history of the American experience before, during, and after the D-Day landings on June 6, 1944. He blends personal narrative, small-unit combat, and the massive effort of storming the beaches into a cohesive whole that stands as a story unto itself, or a jumping-on point for those looking to learn more about the Americans on D-Day. It's one thing for a historian or reader interested in history to sit down with a book and pore through the text, and it's quite another to sit down and see the faces of the men who fought to break Hitler's hold on Europe. The Americans on D-Day is a great addition to the historical record, and one that everyone should read at least once." - ArmchairGeneral.com

"This is a new 70th anniversary commemorative photographic history of the June 6th, 1944 D-Day landing in Normandy, France. This is a large, coffee table book that contains over 450 images taken by Army, Navy and Coast Guard photographers as well as some personal photos. Several of these photos are familiar and have been seen before but many of these images have not been published. The American effort was an ‘epic' undertaking by air, sea and land from the UTAH to OMAHA beaches, Sainte-Mere-Eglise to Pointe Du Hoc through the break out at Saint-Lo. The detail and descriptions of locations, vehicles, equipment, weapons and uniforms are uniquely informative and interesting. Many location photos have been updated with current views for comparison purposes. This is a great resource for anyone who would like a more intimate and revealing study of D-Day 1944." - National 4th Infantry (IVY) Division Association Newsletter The Ivy Leaves

"What really makes The Americans on D-Day stand out amidst other comparative D-Day histories is the captioning. The level of detail in every caption is unsurpassed. Even the most knowledgeable reader of The Americans on D-Day would be hard-pressed to walk away from the book without gleaning something new from its pages. As the 70th anniversary comes and goes, prompting new scholarship on D-Day, The Americans on D-Day is a worthy investment." - DefenseMediaNetwork.com

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Martin K.A. Morgan is an author and historian who studies and is an expert on the American experience in World War II. He is the author of Down to Earth (Schiffer, 2004) and The Americans on D-Day (Zenith Press, 2014). Morgan is also a frequent contributor to World War II Quarterly, The American Rifleman, Aviation History, World War II, World War II History, Armchair General, The Garand Collector’s Association Journal (France), and After the Battle (England). In addition to publishing, for the past ten years Martin has been a regular talking head on TV on programs such as Discovery, National Geographic, History, H2, The Weather Channel, Syfy, The Outdoor Channel, and The Military Channel. He has worked as a park ranger and museum professional, worked for the Alabama Historical Commission at Fort Morgan Historic Site, and served as historian-in-residence at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana.


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5.0 von 5 Sternen Brilliantly done and an instant D-Day Classic 2. Mai 2014
Von DE24 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
While the cover over Americans on D-Day uses one of the best known shots from June 6, 1944 -- of men of the 16th Infantry landing at Easy Red -- this book is a beautiful addition to the huge library of books about D-Day because of the hundreds of pictures, described with clever detail that give the reader a comprehensive picture of the entire American experience during the invasion of Normandy. Pictures of spent 5-inch casings on the deck of the Nevada, small landing craft near supporting cruisers, documentation of the sheer enormity of the effort all give you an exhaustive, comprehensive appreciation for the magnitude. Accompanying these pictures, many of which are in color, are small vignettes and interesting detail that can be studied for hundreds of hours. A treasure for the dedicated historian and the new explorer
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Beautifully done, exhaustively researched photographic history of D-Day. 14. Mai 2014
Von Holly Bird - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
Morgan's THE AMERICANS ON D-DAY is a fresh, extensive pictorial exploration of the Invasion. It's not merely a captioned photo book; historian Martin K.A. Morgan has written extensive text with superb detail after in-depth interviews with veterans, their families, and also residents and family in Normandy who witnessed these events. Many of the never-before seen photos came from private collections based on those relationships, offering fresh insight. Also of great interest are the comparison of photos then to the terrain and buildings now in Normandy. THE AMERICANS ON D-DAY is not just a well-designed, beautiful book but also a new and important work by an accomplished historian in the field, adding greatly to the documented history of D-Day.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Best book on D-Day yet! 30. Mai 2014
Von Chris Turner - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
My wife and I traveled to Normandy, France last Fall and toured the beaches of Normandy as well as the Caen WWII Museum. We browsed through many Museum gift shops with books containing pictures and first hand accounts from June 6, 1944. A few of them made their way home with us but I wish we had waited. This is the first book we've seen that truly captures the action and bravery of the Allied Troops who were the hero's that day. This book contains amazing pictures from the early days of Operation Overlord preparations to the final battles throughout France. Pictures of dead soldiers in the sea and battlefields were a bit disturbing, but are a stark reminder of the sacrifice given by our brave hero's. As we approach the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, this book is a must for any WWII aficionado.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen This is what books should be like from now on. 22. Mai 2014
Von Jasper Welsch - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Excellent. "The book is beautifully illustrated" is overused. This book really is. It presents DDay in a new and fascinating way. Yes, it is full of good photographs. But the author goes into so much detail, the picture comes alive. Captions often have the names of the soldiers, their unit, what they have just done, are doing or are about to do. All of the details bring the sheer scale of the operation to life.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Superlative cliches fail to describe it.... 13. September 2014
Von Dan the Gun Toting Book Junkie - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
I would be giving this one the five full stars even if Marty Morgan and I haven't known each other from various historical presentations for seven or eight years now. I was actually Marty's back-up slide flipper when he presented some elements of this work at the 2014 NRA Annual Meeting as "The Guns of D-Day Part II".

Anyone with any interest in the Normandy landings has seen some of these pictures before. Marty's genius was to go back to the original negatives in many cases, blow them up bigger, and think about them. Let me explain a perfect example of this. There's a pic of 2nd Division men marching in from Omaha after the landings. It's a known pic. It was the cover of a 1990s paperback edition of Keegan's "The Second World War" that I have had since college. But looking more closely at it, why are a battalion's worth of frontline infantrymen in a M1 Garand-equipped army all carrying M1903 Springfields instead? Marty has found the answer and it is in the book. Repeat that dedication to lost details hundreds of times over, and you have the effort that it took for Marty to assemble "The Americans At D-Day".

I don't know if this book could have been done twenty years ago. The book is a large enough format to display the photos well, and modern digital printing brings out the detail. The devil really was in the details this time around, and the details are what makes this book worth every cent.

Marty, I'll see you in Nashville in '15 and you're signing this one for me.
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