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The Longest Day de Cornelius Ryan
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The Longest Day (original: 1959; edição: 1960)

de Cornelius Ryan (Autor)

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The classic account of the Allied invasion of Normandy The Longest Day is Cornelius Ryan's unsurpassed account of D-day, a book that endures as a masterpiece of military history. In this compelling tale of courage and heroism, glory and tragedy, Ryan painstakingly re-creates the fateful hours that preceded and followed the massive invasion of Normandy to retell the story of an epic battle that would turn the tide against world fascism and free Europe from the grip of Nazi Germany. This book, first published in 1959, is a must for anyone who loves history, as well as for anyone who wants to better understand how free nations prevailed at a time when darkness enshrouded the earth.… (mais)
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Título:The Longest Day
Autores:Cornelius Ryan (Autor)
Informação:Fawcett Popular Library (1960), 350 pages
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Etiquetas:WWII, D-Day, Operation Overlord

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The Longest Day: The Classic Epic of D-Day de Cornelius Ryan (1959)

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    D-Day June 6 1944: the Climatic Battle of World War II de Stephen E. Ambrose (timspalding)
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    A Bridge Too Far de Cornelius Ryan (phm)
    phm: A great follow-up to The Longest Day about Operation Market Garden -- inspiring, moving, and renews faith in your fellow man.
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    Gators of Neptune: Naval Amphibious Planning for the Normandy Invasion de Christopher D. Yung (Strangcf)
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    Grace Hopper and the Invention of the Information Age de Kurt W. Beyer (missmaddie)
    missmaddie: Both of these books paint a picture of war through the lives of those who participated in the war effort, whether it be on the front lines like in The Longest Day or back at home like in The Invention of the Information Age.
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This is the story of D-Day, June 6, 1944, from a few days before (the original invasion date had to be postponed) until just after midnight of the day of the invasion. Told chronologically, and covering all sides, on the allied side, from the supreme commander's headquarters to the enlisted men in the landing boats (so many seasick and vomiting men) to the paratroopers who dropped behind enemy lines during the middle of the night, scattered across the countryside, but with orders to seize control of strategic bridges or disable crucial gun emplacements, all before the assault on the beaches began. There are accounts from the German side as well. Commander of the German forces defending Normandy, Rommel, was on a few days home leave when the invasion began, and many of the other senior commanders in the area were away on training exercises. For many hours after the attack began, the Germans believed the Normandy event was only a diversionary tactic, and that the actual invasion would occur further north. Hitler was allowed to sleep, and was not made aware of the attack until nearly noon. The book also gives us a perspective of the French who had been living under the German occupation for so many years, with accounts from both ordinary French citizens and from members of the Resistance.

The title of the book comes from this quote from Rommel: "The first 24 hours of the invasion will be decisive....The fate of Germany depends upon the outcome...for the Allies, as well as for Germany, it will be the longest day."

I learned a lot from the book. For example, I hadn't previously been aware of the extensive use of gliders in landing men and equipment inland from the beaches in the night before the invasion. The book detailed descriptions on how the landings went on each of the 5 beaches, and how far each landing group had progressed by the end of the day. Of course, casualties were heavy. One of the most moving parts for me when I visited the beaches was the cemetery on the bluff above Omaha Beach.

I read this on Kindle. My only complaint about the book is that I wished for detailed maps so I could better understand the logistics. I think there are newer print copies of this book with this added material, and it would be worthwhile seeking those editions out if you want to read this. It's hard to believe that this was written barely 15 years after the end of WW II.

Recommended 4 stars ( )
  arubabookwoman | Jan 31, 2021 |
Fantastic. Another one that I am surprised I had not read before. Reads like exciting fiction but I kept realizing, no, this actually happened. What a feat. So much bravery. Just amazing. ( )
  shaundeane | Sep 13, 2020 |
Massive classic. A great work. ( )
  scottcholstad | Dec 25, 2019 |
Je connaissais surtout la version cinématographique sortie en 1962, avec une pléiade d'acteurs célèbres (John Wayne, Henri Fonda, Robert Mitchum,...). Ce film grandiose est dont tiré du livre homonyme paru en 1959.

15 ans après les faits, évidemment mondialement connus, Cornelus Ryan, journaliste et correspondant de guerre, livre ce récit sur l'événement majeur de la seconde guère mondiale. Minute après minute il relate le déroulement de l'opération Overlord, depuis l'avant-veille et l'éprouvante attente des soldats et du commandement, jusqu'à la fin de la première journée du débarquement (6 Juin 1944) en passant par la difficile décision de Einsenhower de retarder puis de lancer la plus vaste opération de débarquement jamais réalisée. Le récit, basé sur des centaines de témoignages de soldats des 2 camps et de tout grade et des milliers de pages d'archives de guerre, nous fait revivre les difficultés de ce débarquement, les lourdes pertes sur certaines plages (Omaha Beach en particulier), la peur des soldats, les conditions extrêmes en l'air, en mer et sur terre, les erreurs du commandement allemand qui ont probablement aidé au succès final de l'opération. Ce jour le plus long sera aussi le premier de la libération de la France et conduira à la victoire finale presque un an plus tard, et après malheureusement encore des centaines ou des milliers de morts des 2 cotés. ( )
  KersuFr | Oct 18, 2019 |
Impressive on many levels, The Longest Day captures history via basic reporting.

Ryan shifts back and forth with quick. zoomed-in views of what happened on both sides.

Unfortunately, I lost perspective at times, getting buried in the details and losing the big picture. This was my fault because, much like the combatants themselves, I got caught up in the whirlwind action.

Some of the battlefield accounts are chilling - just a gruesome reality. What surprised me was how many mistakes occurred on both sides. The Allies planned this operation for months, and took major losses because they could not navigate expected obstacles and knock out known defensive positions. The Germans, in large measure, were asleep, including Hitler. And many of those who were awake were slow moving and/or out of position.

I read elsewhere that Ryan wanted to know "everything" about D-Day and his book suggests he tried for that goal as heroically as the men who stormed the beaches on June 6, 1944, determined to end WWII. This is a relatively quick, intense and informative read. ( )
  gwsiii38 | Sep 8, 2019 |
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"Believe me, Lang, the first twenty four hours of the invasion will be decisive... the fate of Germany depends on the outcome... for the Allies, as well as Germany, it will be the longest day."

-Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
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As they approached Le Havre, Priller climbed for cover in the clouds. They flew for a few more minutes and then broke through. Below them was a fantastic fleet-hundreds of ships of every size and type, stretching endlessly, it seemed, all the way back across the Channel. There was a steady procession of landing craft carrying men toward shore, and Priller could see the white puffs of explosions on and behind the beaches. The sands were black with troops, and tanks and equipment of all sort littered the short line. Priller swept back into the clouds to consider what to do. There were so many planes, so many battleships offshore, so many men on the beaches, that he figured he’d have time for just one pass over the beaches before being shot down. There was no need for radio silence now. Almost lightheartedly, Priller spoke into his microphone. “What a show! What a show!” he said. “There’s everything out here-everywhere you look. Believe me, this is the invasion!” Then he said, “Wodarczyk, were going in! Good luck!” They hurtled down toward the British beaches at over 400 m.p.h., coming in at less than 150 feet. Priller had no time to aim. He simply pressed the button on his control stick and felt his guns pounding. Skimming along just over the tops of men’s heads, he saw upturned, startled faces. On Sword, Commander Philippe Kieffer of the French commandos saw Priller and Wodarczyk coming. He dived for cover. Six German prisoners took advantage of the confusion and tried to bolt. Kieffer’s men promptly mowed them down. On Juno Private Robert Rogge of the Canadian 8th Infantry Brigade heard the scream of the planes and saw them “coming in so low that I could clearly see the pilots’ faces.” He threw himself flat like everyone else, but he was amazed to see one man “calmly standing up, blazing away with a Sten gun.” On the eastern edge of Omaha, Lieutenant (j.g.) William J. Eisemann of the U.S. Navy gasped as the two FW-190s, guns chattering, zoomed down “at less than fifty feet and dodged through the barrage balloons.” And on H.M.S Dunbar, Leading Stoker Robert Dowie watched every antiaircraft gun in the fleet open up on Priller and Wodarczyk. The two fighters flew through it all unscathed, then turned inland and streaked up into the clouds. “Jerry or not,” said Dowie, unbelievingly, “the best of luck to you. You’ve got guts.”
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The classic account of the Allied invasion of Normandy The Longest Day is Cornelius Ryan's unsurpassed account of D-day, a book that endures as a masterpiece of military history. In this compelling tale of courage and heroism, glory and tragedy, Ryan painstakingly re-creates the fateful hours that preceded and followed the massive invasion of Normandy to retell the story of an epic battle that would turn the tide against world fascism and free Europe from the grip of Nazi Germany. This book, first published in 1959, is a must for anyone who loves history, as well as for anyone who wants to better understand how free nations prevailed at a time when darkness enshrouded the earth.

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