History of United States Naval Operations in World War II: v. 11: Invasion of France and Germany, 1944-1945 by Samuel Eliot Morison (Paperback, 2011)
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- Description* The eleventh volume in Samuel Eliot Morison's classic History of the United States Naval Operations in World War II recounts the U.S. Navy's role in the invasion of Normandy, the largest and most complicated military operation ever undertaken Combining meticulous detail with a forceful account of the action, Morison describes the landings themselves as well as the dirty work in the dark that preceded them: deceptions, diversions, commando raids, parachute drops, mine sweepings, air bombing, and naval bombardment. As he shows, the fire curtain provided by the powerful guns of the navy proved to be one of the most valuable trump cards of the Anglo-United States invasion armies. Morison covers the vital capture of Cherbourg as an invasion port and the diversionary landings in southern France that, together with Overlord, comprised the two main operations in the invasion of Europe in which the U.S. Navy played a leading part. At every stage, the fate of thousands of men depended t only on their own raw courage and resourcefulness but on quirks of timing and sheer luck. Morison offers a magnificent chronicle of these heroic days that definitively turned the tide of the war in Europe.
- Author BiographySamuel Eliot Morison, an eminent Harvard professor, was appointed by close friend Franklin D. Roosevelt to write the history of U.S. naval operations during World War II after convincing the president that too many wartime histories were written after the fact or from a distance. Morison called his classic work a shooting historyA of World War II, because it was documented by historical observation during each specific naval operation in the Atlantic and Pacific. Hailed for its accuracy, narrative pace, and detail, this monumental work presents a complete record of the U.S. Navy's war at sea, covering the strategic planning, battle tactics, and technological advances, as well as the heroic actions of American sailors.
- Author(s)Samuel Eliot Morison
- PublisherNaval Institute Press
- Date of Publication15/10/2011
- SubjectMilitary History
- Place of PublicationAnnopolis
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintNaval Institute Press
- Content Notephoto section
- Weight635 g
- Width152 mm
- Height230 mm
- Spine30 mm
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