6 June 1944: the day Allied forces crossed the Channel and began fighting their way into Nazi-occupied Northwest Europe. Initiated by airborne units and covered by air and naval bombardment, the Normandy landings were the most ambitious combined airborne and amphibious assault ever attempted. Their success marked the beginning of the end for Nazi Germany.
Drawing on thousands of hours of eyewitness testimony recorded by the Imperial War Museum, Forgotten Voices of D-Day (Ebury, 2009) tells the compelling story of this turning point in the Second World War. Paratroopers and commandos, glider pilots and landing craft crewmen, airmen and naval personnel share their memories of what it was like as they waited to go in, as they neared the beaches and drop zones, and as they landed and met the enemy.
Featuring a mass of previously unpublished material, Forgotten Voices of D-Day is a powerful and important new record of a defining moment in modern history.
"Incomparable. The voices speak with utter immediacy of fear, determination, bewilderment, indifference, and unmistakable courage" (Magnus Linklater, Spectator)
"A wonderful selection of first-hand accounts of D-Day by British servicemen" (Professor Richard Holmes, Evening Standard)