• The Americans at D-Day

  • The American Experience at the Normandy Invasion
  • By: John C. McManus
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Military
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (244 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

June 6, 1944, was a pivotal moment in the history of World War II. On that day the climactic and decisive phase of the war in Europe began. Those who survived the intense fighting on the Normandy beaches found their lives irreversibly changed. That day ushered in a great change for the United States as well, because on D-day America began its march to the forefront of the Western world.

By the end of the Battle of Normandy, almost one out of every two soldiers involved was an American, and without American weapons, supplies, and leadership, the outcome of the invasion and ensuing battle could have been very different.

In the first of two volumes on the American contribution to the Allied victory at Normandy, John C. McManus examines, with great intensity and thoroughness, the American experience in the weeks leading up to D-day and on the great day itself. From the buildup in England to the night drops of airborne forces behind German lines and the landings on the beaches at dawn, from the famed figures of Eisenhower, Bradley, and "Lighting Joe" Collins to the courageous, but little-known privates who fought so bravely and under terrifying conditions, this is the story of the American experience at D-day. What were the battles really like for the Americans at Utah and Omaha? What drove them to fight despite all adversity? How and why did they triumph? Thanks to extensive archival research, and the use of hundreds of firsthand accounts, McManus answers these questions and many more.

Impressively researched, engrossing, lightning quick, and filled with human sorrow and elation, The Americans at D-Day honors those Americans who lost their lives on D-day, as well as those who were fortunate enough to survive.

©2013 John C. McManus (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Great Book

Everyone should read this book. The most complete account of D Day I ever heard.

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binge worthy

I learned so much about the service members who fought on D Day.
I'm going to listen to this book many more times

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A Nice Little Read

A nice little read about various aspects of the Normandy landings on June 6, 1944. Some new first hand accounts and some you likely have heard or read about before.

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Wow

This was amazing, it’s the personal stuff you don’t get from any other books about what really happened and the effect on everyone involved!

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You know the story, but not this detail.

This books tells multiple mini stories of the different aspects of D-Day. From Sailors to Paratroopers. Individual personal stories. The deaths, jokes, pain and lost buddies. I thought I would be bored but the book move fast and is much more interesting than expected.

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The story really makes you see what these men dealt with, you can imagine yourself being there by the way it was written.

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Good story. Poor narration.

Not quite what I expected, but overall the stories were interesting. The narration was very annoying at times, his pronunciation of "S" was harsh and the mispronounced French names were horrible.

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great book

this is a great book. It shows what America had to do during the second world war. Lots of good information about D day

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Very Thorough!

I really liked how the individual aspects of the invasion we're represented and explained, great read and very detailed. I highly recommend.