The dead and those about to die: D-Day : the Big Red One at Omaha Beach

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A white-knuckle account of the 1st 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, 1st 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 strongpoint 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 fifty 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 nineteen hours of hell - and their ultimate triumph - on June 6, 1944. Praise for The Dead and Those About to Die

'John C. McManus's brilliant chronicle of the Big Red One's experience on bloody Omaha captures the grit, pathos, and valor of the battle like no other book that I have read. This is gripping history - beautifully and masterfully told by one of American's premier historians.' Patrick K. O'Donnell, National Bestselling Author of Dog Company

'Magnificent! I could not put this book down. John C. McManus has expanded our knowledge of D-Day history by a considerable factor. It is a great read and will appeal to both devoted students of World War 11 as well as those with a more casual interest. Don't miss it!' Joseph Balkoski, Author of Omaha Beach and Utah Beach

'At first I thought I would draw the reader's attention to the simply magnificent narrative of one of the most famous and gripping events of modern military history, the nineteen-hours epic of the First Division's landing, purgatory, and then near-exhausted triumph at Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944. Then I thought I would draw the attention of my professional fellow historians to the outstanding set of notes and oral histories, so neatly tucked away at the end, superb scholarship but worn so lightly. But finally I had to choose its ending, the chapter called Meaning, on the thoughts, emotions, and later lives of this remarkable group of warriors. I closed this book with the deepest respect.' Paul Kennedy, New York Times Bestselling Author of Engineers of Victory and The Rise and Fall of Great Powers

'The Dead and Those About to Die is a gripping account of the desperate battle for Omaha Beach on D-Day by the legendary 1st Infantry Division, the Big Red One. On the seventieth anniversary of that momentous event, John C. McManus's tale of courage under fire is a vivid reminder that freedom isn't free and that when the chips are down stalwart American soldiers will always answer the call of duty.' Carlo D'este, Author of Patton: A Genius for War and Warlord: A Lif

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subject_facet United States. -- Army. -- Infantry Division, 1st -- History -- 20th century
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- France -- Normandy
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title_display The dead and those about to die : D-Day : the Big Red One at Omaha Beach
title_full The Dead and Those About to Die D-Day: The Big Red One at Omaha Beach
The dead and those about to die : D-Day : the Big Red One at Omaha Beach / John C. McManus
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World War, 1939-1945