Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Casemate Publishers; 4 edition (September 19, 2011)
Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.9 x 12.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Jonathan Gawne's Spearheading D-Day is not a book for those interested in what staff officers were planning or the politics of the day. This is an on-the-ground detailed book full of images that gives enthusiasts clear and detailed information on the clothing, weapons and insignias that troops wore on that fateful day. Mr. Gawne is a research historian and his work crosses the divide between history and modern anthropology. He is exacting in his detail and it is clear that he wants the reader to come away with an understanding of just what soldiers wore and how they lived.
My uncle landed on the Normandy Beaches on D+1. He was a Sergeant in a transportation company that was in action from D-Day through to peace. He left the Army as the company's First Sergeant. Coming off the ships his trucks were loaded with gas, food rations and medical supplies. Because of his service I bought Spearheading D-Day to learn more about those small but vital smaller units.WOW!! Did I lerarn about things I never had heard of!!I had never heard about rhino ferries, JASCO, port companies, railhead companies, maintenance companies. Did you know that immediately after the initial landing Engineer Airfield Battalions landed to start building air fields on the bluffs?Did you know that the most valuable motor vehicle in the whole invasion was the bulldozer? Each ship off loaded a bulldozer last so it could turn around and push the ship off the beach.Did you know that by the end of Day One the engineers had off loaded steam shovels and cranes and road grading equipment and started clearing the roads. Yes, there were Dump Truck Companies!!How about Quartermaster platoons that went over the battlefield and picked up rifles which they cleand and repaired so they could be reissued?How about the Marines at Normandy or Navy Beach Battalions or MP Escort Companies or complete repair shops or fire fighting companies or signal photo companies -- and on and on!!This is a book for people who know about the Big Red One's fighting men and want to know who supplied the backup.Oh, one more thing - Did you know that there was such a thing as Kitchen Barges which supplied food to the crews of the hundreds of boats running back and forth from ships to beaches?Great Read - Buy It!!!
Very Good book! I Think anyone interested in D-Day would like this book.the only complaint I have is the text print seemed kind of small.
Very impressed with the quality and detail of the book this far
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