Wednesday, July 9, 2014

the real saving private ryan.

The 70th anniversary of the allied invasion of Europe aka the longest day ever was June 6th, so I thought I'd get in the game and review The Dead and Those About to Die: D-Day: The Big Red One at Omaha Beach by John C. McManus, today. This book focuses on the 1st Infantry Division (The Big Red One) and the crazy slaughter at Omaha Beach. McManus does an excellent job capturing the horrors of war, I still have a stomachache. But it was super exciting to read about the overview of the plan, the level of detail and logistics, the training that went into making this one day successful, and also how close the German's came to derailing the allies plan altogether. Phew. Even those of you who are super nerdy history buffs will learn some new information on what this invasion accomplished and some of the lessons learned that day.

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