On the 75th anniversary of D-Day, this incredible book brings you the experience of one of the turning points of the Second World War.
Brought to life by 20 eye-witness accounts, D-Day is shown through people actively involved in planning, operations and in support roles.
Every page is like a mood board, a personal testimony of photographs, illustrations and maps.
The information is amazing with details of the operational plan, including new innovations , such as the ‘hedgehog’ German defence systems, and ‘bobbins’, ways of using tanks to ride over each other. The photos of individuals and their thoughts are staggering. It brings D-Day to life as the war progressed onto the beaches of Northern France.
Without giving too much away three of the people included in the book are;
Martha Gelhorn, a journalist with the Allied Forces, who had to stow away on a hospital ship and waded on to the beach to report back. Her husband, Ernest Hemingway, had been selected to go, but never made it out of the ship.
Erwin Rommell, General Field Marshall, who devised the Atlantic Wall, to stop any invaders.
Stanley Hollis, who received the Victoria Cross for bravery as he advanced alone towards the bunkers under full fire.
And many more…
The front page gives a summary of the D-Day and its place in the Second World War, which lasted from 1939-1945 and was the largest conflict the world had ever seen. It identifies the pages of individual stories as “Stories of bravery, sacrifice and innovation.”
Michael Noble, is the author, he leads The Centre for Hidden Histories, he has an amazing knowledge of the legacy of war and people’s involvement, engaging with remembrance and commemoration today.
Alexander Mostov, is the illustrator who has created accessible designs with ‘mood board’ like illustrations, perfect for bite size pieces of information.
Wide Eyed Editions, part of Quarto Publishers. D-Day is an outstanding book in their exceptional collections of Information Picture Books (I am thinking this must be a new genre and needs a new name!)
We thoroughly recommend D-Day for ages 7-15 and beyond. It is an amazingly good book, for schools and libraries and for homes too, am sure it will be read time and time again. Mine is definitely staying close by!
This is probably the best book I have read this year!
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