Normandy: A Graphic History of D-Day, The Allied Invasion of Hitler's Fortress Europe

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MBI Publishing Company, Sep 15, 2012 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 104 pages
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Normandy depicts the planning and execution of Operation Overlord in 96 full-color pages. The initial paratrooper assault is shown, as well as the storming of the five D-Day beaches: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword. But the story does not end there. Once the Allies got ashore, they had to stay ashore. The Germans made every effort to push them back into the sea. This book depicts the such key events in the Allied liberation of Europe as: 1. Construction of the Mulberry Harbors, two giant artificial harbors built in England and floated across the English Channel so that troops, vehicles, and supplies could be offloaded across the invasion beaches.2. The Capture of Cherbourg, the nearest French port, against a labyrinth of Gennan pillboxes.3. The American fight through the heavy bocage (hedgerow country) to take the vital town of Saint-Lô.4. The British-Canadian struggle for the city of Caen against the Hitler Youth Division, made up of 23,000 seventeen- and eighteen-year-old Nazi fanatics.5. The breakout of General Patton s Third Army and the desperate US 30th Division s defense of Mortaine.6. The Falaise Pocket, known as the Killing Ground, where the remnants of two German armies were trapped and bombed and shelled into submission. The slaughter was so great that 5,000 Germans were buried in one mass grave. 7. The Liberation of Paris, led by the 2nd Free French Armored Division, which had been fighting for four long years with this goal in mind.


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Chapter 1 Second Front Now
Chapter 2 How Peaceful the Land Looked
Chapter 3 Hitting the Beaches
Chapter 4 Bloody Omaha
Chapter 5 The Skin of Their Teeth
Chapter 6 The Tigers of VillersBocage
Chapter 8 The Devils Children
Chapter 9 The Capital of Ruins
Chapter 10 Blood Thunder
Chapter 11 The Cobra Strikes
Chapter 12 Come and Get Us
Chapter 13 Third Army Rampage
Chapter 14 The Killing Ground
Chapter 15 Aux Barricades

Chapter 7 Death in the Hedgerows

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About the author (2012)

Writer and artist Wayne Vansant (Marbleton, GA) was the primary artist for Marvel s The Nam for more than five years. Since then, he has written and illustrated many historically accurate books such as Antietam: The Fiery Trial (with the National Park Service) and The Vietnam War: A Graphic History.  He is currently finishing up Gettysburg (Zenith, 2013) for the 150 anniversary of America's most famous battle.

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