books: The real D-Day story.
Nothing Less Than Victory - The Oral History of D-Day (Pimlico pounds 12.50)
IF YOU'VE ever seen Saving Private Ryan (which is worth watching if only for the special effects) then you'll love this. Military history as it should be, told by the people who were there, in their own words.
The traumatic events at Omaha beach, which lasted 15 minutes in the film but all day and 25,000 casualties back on June 6, 1944, show how close the whole thing came to the First World War-style massacre British Prime Minister Winston Churchill feared.
There's a scene at the end of Spielberg's masterpiece where a Mustang appears at breathtaking speed to save the day at the last moment (though too late to save poor old Tom Hanks).
It's utterly thrilling and you suddenly get a sense of what it must have felt like to be there.
This book's like that, only all the way through.
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|Publication:||Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)|
|Date:||Sep 1, 2001|
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