Dawn of D-Day is not a blow-by-blow recount of various battles and military strategies. Rather it is a collection of numerous individual accounts of World War II - oriented around the pivotal battle at Normandy - from both a personal and emotional level. The subtitle, These Men Were There, June 6, 1944, is of grand importance, since this audiobook seeks to bring the listener into rabble of that historic amphibious invasion.
Performer James Lurie brings extraordinary lucidity to the text of Dawn of D-Day. Additionally his vocal performance also helps convey simultaneously both the insignificance and grandeur so many soldiers felt from their place in history.
June 6, 1944, is one of the most famous dates in world history, and, as David Howarth shows, a defining date in countless personal histories. In this intimate chronicle, the 7,000 vessels, 12,000 aircraft, and 750,000 men committed on D-Day are taken for granted. Instead, we see D-Day through the eyes of the men on the ground as Howarth weaves together the larger story of the beginning of the battle of Normandy with the stories of the beachhead itself. The scope of Howarth's vision - focusing on England and France, on sky, beach, and hedgerow, on divisions and squads - makes Dawn of D-Day a franker portrayal than any other of the turning-point of the war on the Western Front and the greatest amphibious operation in history.