Invasion: The Story of D-Day
AUTHOR: Bruce Bliven Jr.
WHO WAS AT THE BEACH? Allied and German forces
WHAT BEACH AND WHEN? Along a 50 mile stretch of coastline, in the Normandy area of France, on June 6, 1944, the greatest invasion in history was implemented by the allied armies.
WHAT HAPPENED? Paratroopers were badly scattered on the ground, amphibious vehicles took on seawater faster than bilge pumps could empty them and rifles became clogged with sand. This was a day of tragedies that somehow turned into triumph. That triumph part may well be owed to a handful of infantry men that were very determined to break through the German lines. It's these accounts that make Invasion: The Story of D-Day so interesting. It's a great overview of the battle that changed the tide of World War II.
Ages 12 and up
Activity: Try this free online D-Day game.