D-Day

The D-Day landing of June 6, 1944, is considered by military historians as arguably the boldest and most successful large-scale invasion in military history. Click here for a comprehensive guide to D-Day or scroll down to see more posts.

The D-Day landing of June 6, 1944, is considered by military historians as arguably the boldest and most successful large-scale invasion in military history. Click here for a comprehensive guide to D-Day or scroll down to see more posts.


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D-Day Planning: Preparing for Operation Overlord

The following article on D-Day planning is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman' D-Day Encyclopedia. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  D-Day planning involved massive staging operations of thousands of troops. During the first week of May 1944, massive troop movements occurred throughout Great Britain. From England itself as…

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D-Day Quotes: From Eisenhower to Hitler

The following article on D-Day quotes is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman' D-Day Encyclopedia. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  Wounds my heart with a monotonous languor. —British Broadcasting Corporation message for French Resistance fighters, informing them that the invasion was on. I am prepared to lose the…

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Pluto Pipeline: Lifeblood of D-Day

The following article on the Pluto Pipeline is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman' D-Day Encyclopedia. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  German intelligence may have assumed that PLUTO was the whimsical name of an Allied operation based on the popular Disney cartoon dog. However, PLUTO was an acronym…

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Paratroopers and Their Role in D-Day

The following article about paratroopers on D-Day is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman' D-Day Encyclopedia. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  The U.S. and British armies used different types of parachutes for their airborne forces, and many Americans regarded the British design as superior. The paratroopers of both…

Niland Brothers

Niland Brothers: Heroes of D-Day

The following article on the Niland Brothers is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman' D-Day Encyclopedia. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  The plot for the enormously successful D-Day motion picture Saving Private Ryan involved a search for the sole survivor of four brothers serving in the U.S. Army.…

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WW2 Navies: Strength on the Seas

The following article on WW2 navies is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman' D-Day Encyclopedia. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  WW2 navies represented the combined seapower of all nations involved, whether Axis or Allied. A proper sense of the strength of WW2 navies can be ascertained if we…

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Seabees of D-Day

The following article on Seabees of D-Day is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman' D-Day Encyclopedia. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  The Seabees (for CBs—construction battalions) became famous for their busy-bee efforts in every theater of war. Established as part of the U.S. Navy’s rapidly expanding wartime force…

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Naval Combat Demolition Units

The following article on naval combat demolition units is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman' D-Day Encyclopedia. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  The ancestors of today’s Navy SEALs were the Scouts and Raiders, organized at Fort Pierce, Florida, in May 1942. Their mission was to reconnoiter enemy beaches…

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Mulberry Harbour: Mobile Ports for D-Day

The following article on the Mulberry Harbour is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman' D-Day Encyclopedia. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  The urgent need for supplies and reinforcements after the initial landings forced the Allies to take innovative measures. Knowing that major ports such as Cherbourg would not…

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Merville Battery

The following article on the Merville Battery is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman' D-Day Encyclopedia. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  The fight for the Merville Battery in the British sector is one of the best examples of the ‘‘fog of war’’ on D-Day. With 100 mm guns…

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