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 japanese region of Omaha Beach—acclaimed historian John C. McManus has written a gripping historical past that may stand because the final observe in this monstrous conflict.

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

Along the way in which, McManus explores the distance attack group engineers who handled the broad mines and stumbling blocks, soreness approximately a fifty percentage casualty expense; highlights officials corresponding to Brigadier normal Willard Wyman and Colonel George Taylor, who led how to 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 historical past at its best, the unforgettable tale of the massive purple One’s nineteen hours of hell—and their final triumph—on June 6, 1944.


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