The Dead and Those About to Die: D-Day: The Big Red One at Omaha Beach Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
A white-knuckle account of the First Infantry Division’s harrowing D-Day assault on the eastern sector of Omaha Beach - acclaimed historian John C. McManus has written a gripping history that will stand as the last word on this titanic battle. Nicknamed the Big Red One, First Division had fought from North Africa to Sicily, earning a reputation as stalwart warriors on the front lines and rabble-rousers in the rear. Yet on D-Day, these jaded combat veterans melded with fresh-faced replacements to accomplish one of the most challenging and deadly missions ever. As the men hit the beach, their equipment destroyed or washed away, soldiers cut down by the dozens, courageous heroes emerged: men such as Sergeant Raymond Strojny, who grabbed a bazooka and engaged in a death duel with a fortified German antitank gun; T/5 Joe Pinder, a former minor-league pitcher who braved enemy fire to save a vital radio; Lieutenant John Spalding, a former sportswriter, and Sergeant Phil Streczyk, a truck driver, who together demolished a German strong point overlooking Easy Red, where hundreds of Americans had landed.
Along the way, McManus explores the Gap Assault Team engineers who dealt with the extensive mines and obstacles, suffering nearly a 50 percent casualty rate; highlights officers such as Brigadier General Willard Wyman and Colonel George Taylor, who led the way to victory; and punctures scores of myths surrounding this long-misunderstood battle.
The Dead and Those about to Die draws on a rich array of new or recently unearthed sources, including interviews with veterans. The result is history at its finest, the unforgettable story of the Big Red One’s 19 hours of hell - and their ultimate triumph - on June 6, 1944.
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 34 minutes|
|Author||John C. McManus|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||May 07, 2014|
|Publisher||Gildan Media, LLC|
|Best Sellers Rank||
#70,233 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#67 in French History (Audible Books & Originals)
#495 in World War II History (Audible Books & Originals)
#766 in French History (Books)
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Okay, I should be finished, but . . . he should have included photos of each of the obstacles on the beach.
I do recommend this book and it really has added to my understanding of that day of days. Kudos to the author and may God bless all who have served or are serving in the Big Red One. What we owe them is incalculable.
The author uses the KISS principle in breaking down the invasion of the Big Red One. He uses easily understood maps to let the reader follow the process of an absolutely chaotic day. A great book to add to one's library.
The author touches on all facets of the invasion plan - training, D-day, reinforcements, support and weaves them into a cohesive read that lets the reader know all the things that went into the invasion plus all the things that went wrong - but more importantly how a few men brought order to a precarious situation.
East side of Omaha Beach, it was honestly an agony to read at times.. I did feel like I was there, every bit as much, if not more, than
when I watched "Saving Private Ryan"'s opening scene ( and yes, I know, that took place on the other end).
I had heard that the day was won at Omaha by small groups of men led by gallant officers and NCO's and
that there was supporting gunfire from Naval destroyers off the coast, but that's all I knew. This book
does an outstanding job ( in my opinion ) in describing exactly how all this came to be. I will never
think of D Day in the same terms again. The descriptions of how all this went down were very
accurate, very personal, extremely moving...
I had actually visited Omaha Beach in October of 2008, it was a beautiful day... I was on the West end and
could not believe though how one could see EVERYTHING, there was absolutely no place to
hide. The whole beach did indeed appear as if it could have been a giant killing field.
The men who took the initiative on this very grim and miserable day have to forever be among America's
The only question I have unanswered is : " why/how on earth did the pre-invasion naval bombardment
leave the defenders on Omaha completely and utterly unmolested ?
I do wish that the author would have discussed at least briefly that ( if I am correct ?)
Bradley ( even if but for a moment) considered calling it off as it looked like an utter
and complete catastrophe. If it was up to me, and if the landing did fail, I would
have pulverized the entire area for a few weeks with a non-stop "24/7" bombardment
of Naval 16" and 5" guns, and would have dropped napalm & 500 lb. bombs on
every square inch of the place, every day, then invaded it again. Sorry, I just had to
get that off my chest. Sorry, but this book did not exactly evoke a lot of compassion
for the Germans who were there, and that's just me, not the book..
If you are interested at all in D-Day, please give this book a chance, I could
not put it down !!!
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Hopefully consigned to History, never more to be repeated.