The Human Face of D-Day

Walking the Battlefields of Normandy: Essays, Reflections, and Conversations with Veterans of the Longest Day

Keith Nightingale

This unique approach to D-Day combines the author's discussions with veteran and civilian participants in D-Day, his personal reflections on Operation Overlord, and the insights that occur - often at the very site of a battle.
Publication date:
April 2023
Publisher :
Casemate Publishers
Language:
English
Illustration :
40 photographs plus 3 maps
Format Available     Quantity Price
Hardback
ISBN : 9781636241029

Dimensions : 228 X 152 mm
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£25.00

Overview
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• A unique collection of conversations about D-Day, including increasingly rare new primary material from veterans of all levels
• Reveals the human aspects of the invasion through the thoughts and feelings of those who were there
• Author has led yearly staff rides on all the sites of Operation Overlord since 1984; walked Omaha with First Wave vets, accompanied General Gavin to the 82d sites, listened to Colonel Otway at Merville Battery, and heard Major Howard at Pegasus Bridge
• The author is a retired Airborne and Ranger officer, who served as unit commander from platoon through brigade

Ever since Allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy, the men who survived have sought to return, to honour their dead, and to teach others of what they went through to liberate Europe.



Soldier Keith Nightingale has conducted terrain walks in Normandy for over forty years with veterans, active-duty military, and local French civilians. Over the decades Nightingale conducted dozens of formal interviews and informal conversations with many of the principals of the day, including Generals Bradley, Collins, Gavin, Ridgway and Hill. Added to this rare, new primary material from the top brass are numerous conversations with lower-ranking vets who did the heavy lifting, many of which took place as they actually walked the battlefield with Nightingale - Major Howard of Pegasus Bridge; LTC Otway of Merville Battery; Captain Piper of La Fière Bridge; LTC Vandervoort, CO of the 2-505/82d; Cpt Raeen of the 5th Rangers; Lt Dick Winters of Brécourt Manor; PFC Marcucci of Omaha Beach; and SSG Lem Lomell of Pointe Du Hoc.



This unique approach to D-Day combines the author's discussions with veteran and civilian participants in D-Day, his personal reflections on Operation Overlord, and the insights that occur - often at the very site of a battle. Interspersed with veterans' remarks, Nightingale's personal essays are inspired by specific discussions or multiple interviews. Taken together, the succinct, human observations of these participants illuminate the hard facts to create a unique work of long-lasting interest that will attract specialists, military history buffs, armchair generals, and general readers alike.