Ten Days to D-Day
Little, Brown, June, 2004.
Hardcover, 377 pages.
In this 60th anniversary year after the D-Day invasion of Normandy beaches at the end of World War II, it behooves us to reflect on the courageous actions of the Allied forces which brought about an end to the war in Europe. Former diplomat and project director at the Centre for Second World War Studies at the University of Edinburgh, David Stafford presents a fascinating account of the lead up to D-Day. Using an exciting narrative style which is more usually found in a good spy thriller, Stafford brings to life characters both famous and forgotten to show how the famous invasion was planned and executed. Based upon actual letters, diaries and official records, Ten Days to D-Day provides glimpses of the real personalities of the day: from Hitler's obsession with his health and the strange drugs he insisted on taking to Churchill's fury at de Gaulle, to the French Resistance workers who operated a clandestine network that was invaluable to the war effort. Stafford moves effortlessly from the big picture to the individual stories of real people who lived during that time to create an indispensable account of one of history's most important events.
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This review was published in the May-June, 2004 of The Internet Writing Journal.
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