The Dead and Those About to Die: D-Day: The Big Red One at Omaha Beach

The Dead and Those About to Die: D-Day: The Big Red One at Omaha Beach

John C. McManus

A white-knuckle account of the first Infantry Division’s harrowing D-Day attack at the jap region of Omaha Beach—acclaimed historian John C. McManus has written a gripping historical past that may stand because the final observe in this vast conflict.

Nicknamed the massive crimson One, 1st department had fought from North Africa to Sicily, incomes a name as stalwart warriors at the entrance traces and rabble-rousers within the rear. but on D-Day, those jaded strive against veterans melded with fresh-faced replacements to complete some of the most hard and lethal missions ever. because the males hit the seashore, their gear destroyed or washed away, infantrymen shrink by means of the handfuls, brave heroes emerged: males resembling Sergeant Raymond Strojny, who grabbed a bazooka and engaged in a loss of life duel with a fortified German antitank gun; T/5 Joe Pinder, a former minor-league pitcher who braved enemy hearth to save lots of a necessary radio; Lieutenant John Spalding, a former sportswriter, and Sergeant Phil Streczyk, a truck motive force, who jointly demolished a German distinctiveness overlooking effortless pink, the place 1000s of usa citizens had landed.

Along the way in which, McManus explores the space attack group engineers who handled the huge mines and stumbling blocks, anguish approximately a fifty percentage casualty price; highlights officials reminiscent of Brigadier common Willard Wyman and Colonel George Taylor, who led how you can victory; and punctures rankings of myths surrounding this long-misunderstood battle.

The lifeless and people approximately to Die attracts on a wealthy array of latest or lately unearthed resources, together with interviews with veterans. the result's background at its most interesting, the unforgettable tale of the massive crimson One’s nineteen hours of hell—and their final triumph—on June 6, 1944.


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