D-DAY, June 6, 1944



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Crusade in Europe. General D 743 .E 35 1948
By Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force.
Invasion--They're Coming! : The German Account of the Allied Landings and the 80 Days' Battle for France. General D 761 .C 333 1963
The Longest Day: June 6, 1944. General D 756.5 .N 6 R 9 1959
By Cornelius Ryan, later made into a movie.


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The Facts on File D-Day Atlas General D 756.5 .N 6 M 255 1994
Other Second World War atlases in the COD Library

American Military Leaders. Reference E 181 .F 84 1999
Biographical Dictionary of World War II. Reference D 736 .B 63 1996
D-Day: The Essential Reference Guide.
D-Day Encyclopedia. (2014)
Encyclopaedia Britannica Online.
Illustrated World War II Encyclopedia. General D 743.5 .I 45 1978
The Oxford Companion to American Military History. Reference E 181 .O 94 1999
The Oxford Companion to World War II. Reference D 740 .O 94 1995

Use the menu below to find the other reference resources and books by broad subject areas.

  1. Land
  2. Air
  3. Sea
  4. Intelligence
Armoured Fighting Vehicles of Germany: World War II. General UG 446.5 .A 684 1978
Encyclopedia of the German Army in the 20th Century. General UA 712 .Q 87 1989
The United States Army: A Dictionary. General UA 25 .U 49 1991

Cross-Channel Attack. General D 756.5 .N 6 H 345 1951
The official U.S. Army history of the invasion.
The Atlantic Wall background reading
Gold Beach background reading
Juno Beach background reading
The Normandy Region background reading
Omaha Beach background reading
Sword Beach background reading
Utah Beach background reading

Historical Dictionary of Air Intelligence. (2009)
Military Atlas of Air Warfare. Reference UG 630 .D 584 2014
The United States Air Force: A Dictionary.

The Army Air Forces in World War II: v. 3. Europe, Argument to V-E Day, January 1944 to May 1945. General D 790 .A 89 1983 v.3
This is the official U.S. Air Force history of the war.
Aerial Interdiction : Air Power and the Land Battle in Three American Wars. (1994)
Case Studies in the Achievement of Air Superiority. (1994)
Spies in the Sky : The Secret Battle for Aerial Intelligence during World War II. General D 810 .S 7 D 695 2011

A Dictionary of Ships of the Royal Navy in the Second World War. General VA 456 .Y 68 1975
Historical Dictionary of Naval Intelligence. (2010)
The Naval Institute Historical Atlas of the U.S. Navy. General G 1201 .S 1 S 8 1995
The United States Navy: A Dictionary. General V23 .U 64 1991

History of United States Naval Operations in World War II: v. 11. The Invasion of France and Germany, 1944-1945. General D773 .M 6 Vol. 11.
This is the main history for U.S. naval operations during the war.
D-Day Naval Deceptions background reading
Exercise Tiger background reading

Code Names Dictionary. Reference PE 1693 .R 9 1963
Encyclopedia of Intelligence and Counterintelligence. (2005)
Historical Dictionary of Air Intelligence. (2009)
Historical Dictionary of British Intelligence. Reference JN 329 .I 6 W 473 2014
Historical Dictionary of German Intelligence.
Historical Dictionary of Intelligence Failures. (2015)
Historical Dictionary of Naval Intelligence. (2010)
Historical Dictionary of Signals Intelligence. Reference TK 7882 .E 2 W 47 2012
Historical Dictionary of World War II Intelligence. (2008)
United States Intelligence: An Encyclopedia. Reference JK 468 .I 6 U 57 1990

Bodyguard of Lies. General D 810 .S 7 C 36 1975
This is the main book on the Allied efforts to blind the Germans to the Normandy invasion.
Captains without Eyes: Intelligence Failures of World War II. General D 810 .S 7 K 54 1969
The Deceivers: Allied Military Deception in the Second World War. General D 744 .H 64 2004
Fortitude: The D-Day Deception Campaign. General D 756.5 .N 6 H 47 2000
Hitler's Spies: German Military Intelligence in World War II. General D 810 .S 7 K25
Hoodwinking Hitler: The Normandy Deception. General D 756.5 .N 6 B 74 1993
Operation Fortitude background reading



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Explanation of Scholarly Journals


Caen Normandy Memorial (France)
The Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Museum and Library
First U.S. Infantry Division Museum at Cantigny (Wheaton, Illinois)
Imperial War Museum (Great Britain)
The National D-Day Memorial (U.S.)
The National World War II Museum (U.S.)
Portsmouth D-Day Museum (Great Britain)
U.S. Air Force Historical Research Agency
U.S. Army Center for Military History
U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command