Friday, 7 June 2019

ReadItDaddy's Book of the Week - Week Ending 7th June 2019: Commemorating the 7th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings with the stunning "D-Day: Untold Stories of the Normandy Landings" by Michael Noble and Alexander Mostov (Wide Eyed Editions)

Our Book of the Week this week marks the 75th Anniversary (yesterday) of the D-Day Normandy Landings, and one of the biggest military operations of the 2nd World War.

Michael Noble and Alexander Mostov's "D-Day" collects together first person accounts and stories from real-life people who were involved in the operation to push into Europe during the 2nd World War, beginning with the Normandy Beach Landings.

I've got a personal interest in this book, mainly because my own Grandfather was part of the Normandy landings, and though he very rarely talked about his own experiences, reading through this book you'll hear accounts and experiences from front-line soldiers and others who fought on the beaches, and began the larger-scale operation on land, at sea and in the air to liberate Europe from Nazi occupation.

75 years on and some of the accounts are harrowing and gritty, as you'd expect - though sensitively handled in a beautifully illustrated and written book filled with drawings, photographs and personal correspondence from men and women who fought.

It's absolutely stunning. Again Wide Eyed Editions have produced a really gorgeous book dealing with a subject that kids may be learning about in school, or may know about through relatives who also took part.

Sum this book up in a sentence: A stunning account of the D-Day landings from people who were there and took part.

"D-Day" by Michael Noble and Alexander Mostov is out now, published by Wide Eyed Editions (kindly supplied for review)