Paul Reed’s latest battlefield walking guide covers the site of the largest amphibious invasion of all time, the first step in the Allied liberation of France and the rest of northwest Europe. The places associated with the landings on the Normandy coast on 6 June 1944 are among the most memorable that a battlefield visitor can explore. They give a fascinating insight into the scale and complexity of the Allied undertaking and the extent of the German defences – and into the critical episodes in the fighting that determined whether the Allies would gain a foothold or be thrown back into the sea.
All the most important sites are featured, from Pegasus Bridge, Merville Battery, Ouistrehem and Longues Battery to Juno, Gold, Omaha and Utah Beaches, Pointe du Hoc and Sainte-Mère-Église. There are twelve walks, and each one is prefaced by a historical section describing in vivid detail what happened in each location and what remains to be seen. Information on the many battlefield monuments and the military cemeteries is included, and there are over 120 illustrations.
Walking D-Day introduces the visitor not only to the places where the Allies landed and first clashed with the Germans defenders but to the Normandy landscape over which the critical battles that decided the course of the war were fought.
It can be purchased from: Pen & Sword Books.
“Walking D-Day’ by Paul Reed is a concise, comprehensive and informative guide to the D-Day battleground. It is an invaluable volume for anyone making a pilgrimage to Normandy, identifying all significant places of interest with useful maps. This portable book contains many illustrations so that the visitor walking the footsteps of those that fought on D-Day can get a feel for what these courageous men experienced and reconcile the events of 6th June 1944 with the sites that are detailed in the book. Together with detailed narrative which features firsthand accounts from the participants and documents from the National Archives Paul Reed brings the story of this significant date in WW2 history alive. I highly recommend this great book.” Paul Kendall
“Too many people rush through Normandy, pulling up at monuments to snap photos and looking at battlefields only as they drive past at 70 mph. This book encourages you to slow down and examine the battlefields in more detail. The walks detailed inside take in both the well known sites and those seldom found by tourists. With this book in hand, the hedgerows, cornfields, walled farms, bridges and crossroads will come alive for you as you contemplate the actions that took place in the summer of 44. The armchair reader too will enjoy the text – the author has walked and toured these battlefields personally and his years of experience and insight shine forth in the text.” Paul Woodadge, D-Day Historian & Battlefield Guide
“I have traveled to Normandy many times before and thought I had visited it all, but this time I took this book with me and along with my usual companions we took some of the suggested walks. And I must say we enjoyed the walks immensely and found places of interest we had not found before and never would have by staying in the car. I would recommend this book to anyone who is visiting the area for the first time and indeed on a repeat visit, I am not a seasoned walker but found the walks very easy going and it was great to get close the area which is very beautiful and a great place visit even if you are not that interested in the war.” Mr A.B. Mills
“A must for anyone visiting the battlefields of Normandy. Myself a veteran of Normandy and have been many times with the author who is a military historian. One can miss many things by trying to ‘do it oneself’ as I have done in the past. Ones memory of something that happened some 68 years ago can be vague. Good reading anyway from an expert.” Ken Smith, Normandy veteran