History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid… Dwight D. Eisenhower


Gators of Neptune : naval amphibious planning for the Normandy invasion  Christopher D. Yung  Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, c 2006  Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. xx, 292 p., [4] p. of plates : ill., ports., maps ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 273-280) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG

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A rare historical account of the U.S. Navy’s involvement in one of the greatest amphibious assaults of modern history. It is a story of cooperation and, at times, discord, between the two navies as they planned the naval portion of the Allied invasion of Normandy. With the evolution of amphibious warfare as a backdrop, the book has sufficient technical detail to satisfy the modern-day practitioner of amphibious warfare, yet is written in a style that makes it accessible to the general public.

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Thoroughly researched at the U.S. National Archives and the Naval Historical Center, the book takes the reader from the initial plans created by the Allies in 1942, through the first draft of Operation Overlord, to the final naval plan set down in 1944. It then presents a detailed description of the invasion itself. Yung covers every obstacle confronted by the naval planners, from the shifting tides of the English Channel to overcoming the European coastal defenses and dealing with the submarine threat. Despite his attention to historical detail, he brings to life the personalities of those who brought Operation Neptune from concept to reality.

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