The Americans on D-Day: A Photographic History of the Normandy Invasion
Martin K. A. Morgan
Experience the all-important Normandy invasion through some of D-Day's most incredible photographs. Although it took a multinational coalition to conduct World War II's amphibious D-Day landings, the U.S. military made a major contribution to the operation that created mighty American legends and unforgettable heroes. In The Americans on D-Day: A Photographic History of the Normandy Invasion, WWI historian Martin K. A. Morgan presents 450 of the most compelling and dramatic photographs captured in northern France during the first day and week of its liberation. With eight chapters of place-setting author introductions, riveting period imagery, and highly detailed explanatory captions, Morgan offers anyone interested in D-Day a fresh look at a campaign that was fought seven decades ago, yet remains the object of unwavering interest to this day. While some of these images are familiar, they have been treated anonymously for far too long and haven't been placed within the proper context of time or place. Many others have never been published before. Together, these photographs reveal minute details about weapons, uniforms, and equipment, while simultaneously narrating an intimate human story of triumph, tragedy, and sacrifice. From Omaha Beach to Utah, from Sainte-Mère-Église to Pointe du Hoc, The Americans on D-Day is a striking visual record of the epic air, sea, and land battle that was the Normandy invasion.
calf, and the other on his belt. BELOW: C47s of the 96th Troop Carrier Squadron, 440th Troop Carrier Group, 50th Troop Carrier Wing fly over a U.S. Coast Guard–manned ship off of Utah Beach at low altitude. They are leaving the objective area after having flown Mission Memphis—the aerial resupply of the 101st Airborne Division on June 7, 1944. In this mission, sixty-three C-47s dropped 126,000 pounds of ammunition, 21,000 pounds of rations, and 42,000 pounds of other combat equipment. U.S. Coast
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2/6/14 9:57 AM 1/20/14 8:47 AM (Text) (Fogra 39)_Job:01-40614 Title: MBI-The Americans on D-Day 02-AC70344 #175 Dtp:221 Page:32 ABOVE: Thursday, June 1, 1944: At the intersection of Custom House Quay and the Esplanade on the waterfront in Weymouth, Dorset, U.S. Army Rangers have boarded five Royal Navy LCAs for the trip out to their transport anchored in the harbor during embarkation shortly before D-Day. In the background, LCI(L)-497, LCI(L)-84, and LCH-87 can be seen nested together
1/20/14 8:47 AM (Text) (Fogra 39)_Job:01-40614 Title: MBI-The Americans on D-Day #175 Dtp:221 Page:34 LEFT: U.S. Army soldiers loading a Higgins LCVP from the McCawleyclass attack transport USS Barnett (APA-5) in Plymouth Harbor during a training exercise prior to D-Day. The LCVP next to it (marked PA13-25) belongs to the USS Joseph T. Dickman (APA-13), a Harris-class attack transport operated by the U.S. Coast Guard. Both the Barnett and the Dickman ultimately carried elements of the 4th