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D-Day - what we haven't told you...
Major event of the Second World War, the landing of June 6, 1944 has been the subject, for over seventy years, countless books, films, surveys, reports and television series.
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No one is unaware today of the unprecedented technological achievements represented by the construction and transportation of the two artificial ports, as well as the heroic sacrifice. Lieutenant-Colonel James Rudder's Rangers who stormed the Pointe du Hoc or the GI's martyrdom of the 29th and 1st US Infantry Divisions on the sand of Omaha Beach, a story steeped in history from "Bloody Ohama" (Ohama the Bloody). But do we know that D Day was preceded, in late April 1944, off Slapton Sands in Devon, from a tragic rehearsal that left more than 700 dead and remained secret for several decades? Do we know that the beautiful Lily Sergueiev, artist and great traveler, was considered by the Allies as their best poisoning agent ... and by the Germans as their most effective spy in Britain? Do we know that Lionel Crabb, a Royal Navy diver on the Normandy coast, inspired Ian Flemming to create the character of James Bond? Do we know that the US troops completely surrounded in the area of Mortain were supplied with penicillin, morphine and plasma by shells fired from their explosive charge and surrounded by chocolate bars to cushion shocks? Is it known that Lili Marlene, the favorite song of the Germans, was also very popular among Allied soldiers? Here are some of the revelations contained in this book, which is as original as it is informative, based on the research that Philippe Bauduin, passionate about the Normandy landings and the Battle of Normandy since his childhood in Caen, has been doing for more than half a century. author of a dozen books and many articles. Journalist and writer, Jean-Charles Stasi is the author of some twenty books, many of them devoted to the Second World War. Heimdal publishing, he published Commando Kieffer (the free French landed in Normandy), Enemies and Brothers, Normandy-Niemen (1942-1945, pilots of free France on the Russian front), Normandy March 8, 1945 (the incredible German raid on Granvillle).
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