D-Day: And the Invasion of Normandy, 1944 by Rick Atkinson
Published by Henry Holt and Co. 5/6/2014
An adaptation of The Guns at Last Light, D-Day by Rick Atkinson, D-Day: The Invasion of Normandy, 1944 takes the reader to Britain and France as we learn about Operation Overlord – aka the Invasion of Normandy and the effort to take back France. The suspenseful text has us riveted to the page (even though we know the outcome) as we follow the key players, Eisenhower, Winston Churchill, Omar Bradley, and Bernard Montgomery, with the final plans and then the execute of Operation Overlord.
While D-Day has a traditional nonfiction format, Mr. Atkinson puts it together flawlessly. Maps, timelines, and key players at the beginning of the text give the reader what they need in order to delve into Operation Overlord. Quotes from letters and pictures throughout the text put us smack dab in the middle of the preparation and action. And the depth of the back matter is extensive and will answer most of the enthusiast’s as well as the novice’s questions. Readers will find everything from what the pigeons were for to what’s in a k-ration.
The Allies do triumph at Normandy, but D-Day also chronicles the horror of those two days, the mistakes that were made and the massive loss of life. Luckily for us, the extensive planning and the enormous number of allies involved along with German incompetency made the Invasion of Normandy a success. Hand this book over to your students and sit back as they enjoy the ride!