From the Inside Flap In the early-morning darkness of June 6, 1944, a fleet of U.S. Army Air Force C-47s roared through the skies over Normandy as 13,000 U.S. paratroopers dropped into the marshes and villages behind the beach code-named Utah. A few hours later, American infantrymen--21,000 by day s end--surged out of landing craft and rushed the beach itself. D-Day had begun. Yet Allied commanders were troubled. The plan for Utah Beach had not even existed four months earlier, having been tacked onto Operation Overlord largely at the insistence of Supreme Allied Commander Dwight Eisenhower and D-Day ground commander British Gen. Bernard Montgomery. A combined airborne and seaborne invasion of this magnitude had never before been attempted. Many feared that the elite American troops executing the assault would be slaughtered. Not only was Utah the most isolated of the five D-Day beaches--which meant the troops could be cut off for days--but the German defenders had flooded huge tracts of land behind the beach in the airborne drop zones. To move inland, the infantry would have to trudge over a few narrow causeways secured by the paratroopers at the opposite ends. On D-Day, this bold operation would end in either a secure footing on the coast of France, or a bloody repulse back across the English Channel. Success would mark the beginning of the end for Nazi Germany and the liberation of Europe. Failure would paralyze the Allies and prolong the struggle for months, if not years. American troops knew the stakes were high and the perils grave. Nevertheless, from the sea and sky, they confidently cascaded into that far corner of Normandy and contributed decisively to the Allied triumph on D-Day. In Utah Beach: The Amphibious Landing and Airborne Operations on D-Day, June 6, 1944, Joseph Balkoski shows how American soldiers, sailors, and airmen gained that victory in the face of long odds. With the same verve and authority that made his earlier Omaha Beach so compelling, he weaves firsthand accounts, meticulously detailed maps, and dramatic storytelling into the first truly comprehensive narrative of this critical World War II battle. It is indispensable history and unforgettable reading.
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I was born in NYC and graduated from Vassar College in 1975. I also gained an M.A. in history at New York University. I moved to Baltimore in 1981 and have been here ever since. As soon as I moved here I became fascinated with the US Army's 29th Infantry Division because so many of my neighbors served in it. I have been very honored not only to know past members of the division well, but also its current members, since I serve as Historian for the Maryland National Guard. Both the old and young soldiers are fabulous people and always keep my life interesting. In my spare time, I play the piano and participate in various sports activities as much as I can.Review:
Utah Beach is a first-class history, impeccably researched and skillfully written . . . by the foremost historian of the American D-Day experience. ---- Carlo D'Este, Naval History magazine, December 2005
Even the most seasoned historian will find something new in these pages. --Army magazine, September 2005
Not the same old info, he has a lot of original research. The book is well versed and it doesn't always offer the same tired conclusions. His thoughts on Montgomery were new and gave me something to think about. He also does a better job of explaining why the Americans were so dependent on Artillery vs the Germans who depended on thier machine guns. I think he does a better job than Stephen Ambrose in telling a true history instead of a "best selling story" written for Hollywood/TV. This is a book retired Military who want the real story. --By Richard T. Peterson
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Book Description Stackpole Books, 2005. Hardcover, photos, many maps. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition Stated; First Printing. New book and DJ. NO notes or ANY markings. NOT remaindered. New DJ without a $ price at front flap! ; 3/4 red boards with blue spine and silver lettering. ; 380 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 58345
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