D-Day Encyclopedia: Everything You Want to Know About the by Barrett Tillman

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By Barrett Tillman

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This authoritative encyclopedia offers special entries for every little thing you ever desired to learn about D-Day, the invasion of Normandy.

Organized alphabetically, the entries provide in-depth descriptions of guns, gear, divisions, air and naval devices, geography, terminology, personalities, and extra. Cross-references make the ebook effortless to use.

With hundreds and hundreds of entries, D-Day Encyclopedia is an quintessential reference instrument for background buffs and fascinating looking for readers who need to know extra approximately international battle II's maximum crusade.

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The Royal Navy had to pluck the expeditionary troops off the rocky Norwegian coast and ferry them back to England. The Allied retreat from Narvik, already a triumph for the Germans, gave Admiral Raeder a chance to rack up a victory at sea. Sailing in the open Atlantic west of Narvik, Raeder's twin battleships, the Scharnhorst and the Gneisenau, came across the British aircraft carrier Glorious escorted by only two destroyers. Conditions were ideal for a German attack. Visibility was sharp, and the Glorious was steaming along at a snail's pace, its flight deck crammed with its own forty-eight aircraft plus a number of RAF fighters that had flown off the Norwegian mainland.

The mission was carried out so quietly and efficiently that the British had no idea unwelcome visitors had paid a call. Four days later, however, a thunderous explosion told them something was amiss. On that day, October 22, the newly sown field of 300 mines claimed its first victim, a 1,692-ton merchant steamer. Eventually, a total of seven ships amounting to nearly 26,000 tons ran afoul of the mines laid by the single squadron of destroyers in one night. That mission was the first of many successes in an extensive mine-laying campaign along the British coast undertaken to disrupt British commerce.

Try to counteract the enemy's superior firepower by dividing his force into two parts, with the Ajsqc and Achilles On December 12, Hunting maneuvers and then secured to await the dawn. When the sun edged above the horizon at 5:56 the next morning, a dozen pairs of binoculars on the three British ships swept the horizon in all forming one unit and the larger Exeter the other. Force G practiced its Commomen to stand down from action stations but to On the GrafSpee, meanwhile, the watches were directions, searching in vain for a sign of their prey.

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