Imagine landing on a foreign beach early in the morning after a sickening, cramped boat ride while bullets are streaming down -- and you have no choice but to run forward. On June 6, 1944, thousands of Allied troops braved those conditions when they stormed the Normandy Coast of France and helped bring about the beginning of the end of World War II.
Although born and raised more than an ocean apart, Dwight Eisenhower and Winston Churchill—the two titans of the greatest generation—led remarkably parallel lives whose paths would intersect during history's most harrowing days.
Contains over three hundred entries that provide information on various aspects of U.S. military history, covering key individuals, technological developments, weapons systems, and the causes, courses, and effects of wars.
At a cost of sixty million lives, the largest war in the history of the world devoured cities, gave birth to horrific new weapons, and involved the three worst mass murderers of all time. It also gave rise to some of the finest acts of courage, sacrifice, and lasting change ever to benefit human civilization.