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Remembering World War II on historic D-Day anniversary

Thursday, May 30, 2019

June 6 is always a special day in the history of American armed forces.

It is the anniversary, of course, of D-Day — the beginning of the Allied invasion of northern France in 1944, when more than 150,000 troops landed on the beaches at Normandy.

This year represents a special milestone, as it is the 75th anniversary of that crucial day in the fight against Nazi Germany. The traditional celebrations will be especially poignant because they likely represent the last major gathering of the veterans who fought on that day.

The Association of the U.S. Army Book Program has several titles that focus on those final stages of World War II.

Normandy to Victory: The War Diary of General Courtney H. Hodges and the First U.S. Army begins on June 2, 1944, with preparations for Operation Overlord. It then traces Hodges as he led First Army through months of brutal combat until the German surrender in May 1945.

Forward with Patton: The World War II Diary of Colonel Robert S. Allen also provides an overview of this final phase of the war. Allen served Remembering World War II on historic D-Day anniversary as Gen. George S. Patton’s executive officer for operations, and his annotated journal entries provide unique insights into Patton and the men who served on his Third Army staff.

Moving to armored cavalry, a new paperback edition of Sabers through the Reich: World War II Corps Cavalry from Normandy to the Elbe provides a comprehensive history of an undersung branch of the U.S. Army during operations in the European Theater.

For insight into the German perspective on these and other campaigns of the Second World War, the Book Program is partnering with Casemate Publishers on a series called “Die Wehrmacht im Kampf.” Translated for the first time into English, the books—originally published in Germany in the 1950s and 1960s—provide first-hand accounts of key battles from veterans of the Wehrmacht.

The first four titles in the series are now available: Panzer Operations: Germany’s Panzer Group 3 During the Invasion of Russia, 1941; Vitebsk: The Fight and Destruction of Third Panzer Army; The Battle of Korsun-Cherksassy: The Encirclement and Breakout of Army Group South, 1944; and Dunkirk: German Operations in France 1940.

Look for more to be released in following seasons.

To get your copy of any of these titles, please visit www.ausa.org/books.