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 Logistics: Preparing for Landfall

The following article on D-Day logistics is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman' D-Day Encyclopedia. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  A saying in military circles holds, ‘‘Amateurs study tactics. Professionals study logistics.’’ In any military operation, logistical needs must be met before tactics can be applied, because logistics…

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Liberty Ship: The Naval Cargo Vessel

The following article on the Liberty ship is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman' D-Day Encyclopedia. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  Needing thousands of merchant ships to transport troops and supplies to Great Britain, the Allied nations were hard pressed to build enough tonnage to offset U-boat sinkings…

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D-Day: Invasion Stripes

The following article on invasion stripes is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman' D-Day Encyclopedia. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  On 4 June 1944 nearly every Allied tactical aircraft in Great Britain was painted with ‘‘invasion stripes’’ to prevent or reduce the prospect of friendly aircraft being shot…

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H-Hour: D-Day’s Airborne Assault

The following article on H-Hour is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman' D-Day Encyclopedia. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  The term ‘‘H-hour’’ reportedly originated in World War I, but details are lost in the mists of time. On 6 June 1944 H-hour was 0630 on most beaches, one…

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D-Day Funnies: Modified Beach Assault Tanks

The following article on D-Day Funnies is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman' D-Day Encyclopedia. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  To enhance the prospects of crossing hostile beaches, Allied planners modified various armored vehicles to deal with the German defenses. Shermans were fitted with rotating chain flails (‘‘Crabs’’) to…

French Resistance

French Resistance: The Thorn of Vichy France

The following article on the French Resistance is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman' D-Day Encyclopedia. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  The French Resistance was never a homogeneous organization. Through much of the four years of German occupation the maquis was composed of comprised groups and individuals often…

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Eisenhower and D-Day: His Role in Operation Overlord

The following article on Eisenhower and D-Day is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman' D-Day Encyclopedia. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  Dwight D. Eisenhower was Supreme Allied Commander in charge of all forces involved in Operation Overlord and the Invasion of Normandy. Born in Texas and reared in…

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Operation Titanic: D-Day and Deception

The following article on Operation Titanic is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman' D-Day Encyclopedia. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  Overlord remains one of the classic examples of effective strategic deception. Allied planners worked tirelessly to mislead the Germans about the intended landing zone on D-Day, attempting to…

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D-Day: Commandos

The following article on D-Day Commandos is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman' D-Day Encyclopedia. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  British special forces trained and equipped for hit and run operations were called commandos, after the irregular militia organizations of the Boers in South Africa at the end…

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D-Day Timeline: The Invasion of Normandy

The following D-Day timeline is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman' D-Day Encyclopedia. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  A D-Day timeline cannot only take into account the events of June 6, 1944. The wider events of the war must be included to give context to the largest military…

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