The Longest Day: June 6, 1944 - Cornelius RyanLondon: New Orchard, 1994, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.
Includes: Plans of battle; Black & white photographs;
From the cover: “Believe me, Lang, the first twenty-four hours of the invasion will be decisive… the fate of Germany depends on the outcome… For the Allies as well as Germany, it will be the longest day.
This prophecy made by Field-Marshal Rommel to his aide on April 22nd, 1944, was fulfilled forty-five days later. At precisely fifteen minutes past midnight on June 6th, Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of Europe, began. At that moment, a few specially chosen men stepped out of their planes into the moonlit night over Normandy. These were the pathfinders, the men who were to light the drop zones for the paratroops and glider infantry that were soon to follow. Along the French coastline lay five invasion beaches: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword. Through the hours before dawn, as paratroops fought in the hedgerows of Normandy, the greatest armada the world has ever known began to assemble off those beaches — almost five thousand ships carrying more than a quarter of a million soldiers and sailors. At six-thirty in the morning, and preceded by a massive naval and air bombardment, a few thousand of these men waded ashore in the first wave of the invasion.
In The Longest Day, Cornelius Ryan tells in a manner that matches the epic nature of his subject the story of the hours that preceded and followed H-Hour of D-Day.”