By Gerald Astor

In ships and planes, they crossed the English Channel.
On the opposite facet Hitler’s military waited.
And the longest day used to be approximately to begin....

In the spring of 1944, 120,000 Allied infantrymen crossed the English Channel within the such a lot formidable invasion strength ever assembled. Rangers, paratroopers, infantry, and armored team of workers, those soldiers--some who had simply minimize their the teeth in Africa and Sicily and a few who have been brand-new to war--joined a strength geared toward the guts of Europe and Hitler’s defenses. at the morning of June 6, D-Day begun. And within the hours that undefined, millions misplaced their lives, whereas those that survived will be replaced endlessly

No different chronicle of D-Day can fit Gerald Astor's remarkable work--a shiny first-person account instructed with lovely immediacy by way of the boys who have been there. From squaddies who waded in the course of the bullet-riddled water to those that dropped at the back of enemy traces, from moments of terror and confusion to acts of magnificent camaraderie and heroism, June 6, 1944 plunges us into heritage within the making--and the main pivotal conflict ever waged.

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In the ass I couldn't afford "I interned at Charity Hospital and was a it, and anybody that surgical resident. I hit knew what was happening; I read the newspapers. I joined the army early in 1939 because a war was coming and the best place to be was the regular army. "There was no training for being a battalion surgeon. I started out Devens hospital, then attended the Carlisle Barracks Medical Field Service School for five weeks of instruction. I spent nine weeks on maneuvers with infantry units at Camp Polk and Fort Benning.

I was granted a Thomas Act commission. That meant you went on active duty for a year and after that period the army had the option of offering you a regular commission. I was assigned to the 26th Infantry Regiment, part of the 1st Division at Fort Devens. "Teddy Roosevelt, the son of the President in the early 1900s, was the regimental commander. He was a great leader. Our equipment was all right; we had Springfield rifles, but ROTC had been a joke. I knew nothing. But the division in 1940 was being brought up to snuff.

Tall. " was an army brat," says Homer Jones, another D-Day paratrooper. "My father had graduated from Annapolis, but when he got seasick he transferred to the army. My Dad had been on Corregidor, and when we were in the Philippines everyone took it for "I 28 War in Earnest granted that there would be war with Japan. physically active but mentally a bit lazy. I was a normal teenager, did a lot of reading of pulp I — magazines they were usually stories about World War I. "I had two brothers, and we all became career army.

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