D-Day: The Greatest Invasion: A People's History|
by Dan Van Der Vat
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|A Review of: D-Day: The Greatest Invasion: A People∆s History
by Greg Gatenby
Dan van der Dat has written extensively about ships and men at sea.
His D-Day: The Greatest Invasion: A People's History is a
well-illustrated history, not only of the invasion day, but of the
month immediately following it, when the Normandy bridgehead was
consolidated. His is also the only book reviewed here which covers
all of the Allied landings. Many historians have published volumes
claiming to cover the D-Day landings but in almost every case the
American historians scarcely allude to the Canadian contribution,
writing as though they alone won the war. British historians too
often sound this way. Oh yes, they will grudgingly admit the Yanks
did make some contribution, but again they treat the Canadian
casualties and valour, if at all, almost as an afterthought. Mr.
van der Dat's book is refreshingly different in this regard, placing
the Canadian attack at Juno accurately within the context of the
entire battle. The book does not pretend to be a definitive history
but, with its plethora of colour photos and before-and-after pictures,
as a general introduction, it is excellent.