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D-Day: The Soldiers' Story
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Giles Milton
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D-Day: The Soldiers' Story

Giles Milton


John Murray

20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000;
Second World War


512 pages

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D-Day was the greatest invasion in history. An epic battle that involved 156,000 men, 7,000 ships and 20,000 armoured vehicles, the desperate struggle that unfolded on 6 June was, above all, a story of individual heroics - men who were driven to keep fighting, until the German defences were smashed and the precarious beachheads secured.

In D-DAY Giles Milton paints a dazzling canvas of the opening day of battle, exploring the momentous events through the prism of those who took part. Sweeping from the principal architects at Supreme Command to the graphic testimonies of the men who struggled ashore on the morning of 6 June, his narrative lays bare the absolute terror of those on both sides trapped in the frontline massacres of Operation Overlord.

In an overview that is both meticulous and vast, 'the longest day' is revealed as never before - less a masterpiece of strategic planning than a day on which thousands of scared young men found themselves staring death in the face - told through the eyes of those who took part, as we approach the 75th anniversary of the battle in 2019.

By:   Giles Milton
Imprint:   John Murray
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
ISBN:   9781473649026
ISBN 10:   1473649021
Pages:   512
Publication Date:   September 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Giles Milton is a writer and historian. He is the internationally bestselling author of Nathaniel's Nutmeg, Big Chief Elizabeth, The Riddle and the Knight, White Gold, Samurai William, Paradise Lost, Wolfram and Russian Roulette. He has also written three novels and three children's books. His books have been translated into twenty languages. He lives in south London. Find out more about Giles and his books on his website,, and Wikipedia page,, follow him on Twitter at and like him on Facebook at

Giles Milton is no ordinary writer . . . This is an exemplary account enlivened and enriched by the author's discreet and under-stated sense of common humanity * Sunday Herald * With his deft storytelling skills, Milton has produced an action-packed and racy narrative that breathes new life into the words and deed of the extraordinary generation that found itself caught up in one of the defining days of western history ... it's terrific stuff -- James Holland * BBC History Magazine * Fantastic * Dan Snow * Compellingly authentic, revelatory and beautifully written. A gripping tour de force * Damien Lewis * Earns its place in a crowded field by bringing a completely fresh, very human approach . . . It has a wonderful immediacy and vitality-living history in every sense * Anthony Horowitz * Vivid, graphic and moving * Mail on Sunday Book of the Year *

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