Larry Collins On Tuesday, June 6, 1944 began to change the course of World War II. Nearly two hundred thousand men from the US, Canada, Britain and France, and more than five thousand ships supported from the air by as many aircraft as fit in the sky over the English Channel, invaded Normandy.
The main protagonists of one of the greatest epic journeys of history were the Minister Winston Churchill and Eisenhower, Montgomery and Patton, the side of the Allies; and Rommel, Goering and general, under Hitler, the German side.
That is an historical overview; but what counts researcher looking at this book of great narrative quality to the point to make it seem at times a novel and cinematic intensity, is the set of hitherto secret details and facts that ultimately defined the match in favor of the Allies for example: the role of spies who mistook Hitler into believing that the larger landing ensue, to the beaches of Normandy were neglected; the ghost army which had hundreds of tanks and cannons, rubber stationed in southern England; two hundred dolls thrown parachuted overnight to mislead the Nazis, and especially the work of sabotage of the French Resistance.
The exciting contrapuntal narrative of Collins reveals to us what was experienced in every enemy side and shows us that the price of Operation Overlord was very high. Hundreds of Allied paratroopers died after falling into a quagmire prepared by Rommel and the landing on Omaha Beach was the great disaster: the thirty-two tanks were to land infantry to provide fire coverage, only five managed to reach the beach. Sixteen embarked bulldozers, only three came ashore, and any piece of artillery succeeded. In just thirty minutes, they lost almost half of its troops was the infamous episode that Steven Spielberg recreated at the beginning of his film Private Ryan.
The success of the Sword, Juno, Gold and Utah beaches, the passenger would have been useless if Saturday, June 10 at dawn, Hitler would not have revoked the decision to send to Normandy five hundred chariots and fifty thousand soldiers expected double Spanish deceived by spy great Allied invasion at Calais, that never happened.