By Brooke S. Blades – Images of War series
This particular book in the Images of War series is by Brooke S.
Blades and like all others in the series filled with photographs from
wartime archives. I love the books for three reasons…. First of all for
the photographs of course. They add so much to ‘imagining’ what things
were like more than 75 years ago on the battlefields. Secondly because
they provide ideas for scale model dioramas, one of my many hobbies. And
last but not least they invariably add new information to the treasure
chest that my WW2 books collection already is.
This particular book has interesting chapters like Preparations in
England, Soldiers, Prisoners and Civilians, The Wounded, Then Now and
Then, to name but a few. For dioramas especially Chapter 8 ‘ Advance to
Cherbourg and Interior to St. Lo’ has some very interesting photos.
There are some good maps pictures in the book and I also like the
‘Google Earth’ aerial photos with the current situation and the old map
info portrayed on them.
By reading the book one gets a good impression of the entire
(American part) Overlord Operation (initial phases). The book takes the
reader from the embarking in the UK to the actual attack on the Omaha
and Utah beaches, followed by the struggle to deepen the bridgehead and
finally break out to attack Cherbourg and move south towards St. Lo.
I should not forget to mention Chapter 4, The Photographs of Sergeant
Richard Taylor, one of the army photographers landing with the first
waves at the eastern end of Omaha. His pictures are very moving, showing
the beating the poor soldiers got on the open Omaha beach, covered by
the German defenders.
Another excellent and worthy book in this series !
The Americans on D-Day and in Normandy (Paperback)
Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives
By Dr Brooke S Blades
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Images of War
Published: 21st January 2019