7 Leadership Lessons of D-Day

Lessons from the Longest Day—June 6, 1944

John Antal

This book examines the leadership of seven men who led American soldiers during the D-Day operation and what we can learn from them. Not only a fascinating approach to the historic events of June 6, 1944, this is a primer on how you can lead today, by learning from the leadership of these seven.
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October 2017
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Casemate Publishers
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• This book will appeal to those wishing to improve their leadership skills, as well as to military history enthusiasts
• While there are many books on D-Day, very few sharply focus on leadership and the lessons that can be drawn from the leadership shown on D-Day
• Focus on the leadership decisions of well-known individuals: Dwight Eisenhower, Theodore Roosevelt Jr, Dick Winters, and less familiar names, Lt Col James Rudder, Lt Col John Upham, Lt Col Robert Cole, Major Charles Johnson
• As the 75th anniversary of D-Day approaches, there is still sustained interest in how the Allied invasion force managed to land on the beaches of Normandy and fight their way through the bocage. This book explains part of the reason: leadership

The odds were against the Allies on June 6, 1944. The task ahead of the paratroopers who jumped over Normandy and the soldiers who waded ashore onto the beaches, all under fire, was colossal. In such circumstances good leadership can be the defining factor in victory or defeat. This book is about the extraordinary leadership of seven men who led American soldiers on D-Day and the days that followed. Some of them, like Eisenhower, Theodore Roosevelt Jr, and Lieutenant Dick Winters, are well known while others are barely a footnote in the history books.

All of them made a dramatic difference during Operation Overlord. All understood that they had a mission to accomplish and that if they failed to lead that mission would fail and more men would die. When things did not go as planned, they took action, adapted and overcame - they were leaders. Leadership was the only ingredient that would get them through the storm of death surrounding them and their men.

This book is not a full history of D-Day, nor does it cover the heroic leadership shown by men in the armies of the Allies or members of the French Resistance who also participated in the Normandy assault and battles for the lodgment areas. It is, however, a primer on how you can lead today, no matter what your occupation or role in life, by learning from the leadership of these seven.

A critical task for every leader is to understand what leadership is. Socrates once said that you cannot understand something unless you can first define it in your own words. This book provides the reader with a means to define leadership by telling seven dramatic, immersive and memorable stories that the reader will never forget.


A fascinating insight into the history of D-Day.
The American Magazine (see N.B)

Colonel John Antal has chosen to analyze some of the most remarkable moments of truth that Americans confronted during the Normandy invasion. From Omaha Beach and Utah Beach, to the Drop Zones and Landing Zones, he has profiled some of the most important lessons learned from the battle that changed the course of the war to liberate Europe.
Martin K.A. Morgan, Historian and Author