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Karen Clare, Helen Tovey and Belinda Griffin take a look at some new titles of interest in The world of family history and genealogy

D-Day: The British Beach Landings by John Sadler

The extraordinary experiences of ordinary men and women involved in The momentous events of 5 and 6 June 1944 are poignantly told in this new book by military history expert John Sadler.

Memorable first-hand accounts of D-Day from veterans and Their families thread through The absorbing chapters, as we race from story to story revealing auThentic human voices behind The ‘single greatest military undertaking of all time’. From hearing The news that The nation was at war and beginning basic training ‘which was to make a young offender’s institution seem like a holiday camp in comparison’, to a matter-offact description of being thrown from a ship’s deck into The sea by an acoustic mine, These personal recollections gleaned from a wide variety of sources form a cohesive narrative that buoys The reader along. All aspects of The campaign are covered in The frank and moving words of survivors who took part on land, sea and air. A medic with The paras tells how They were dropped behind The Normandy beaches under cover of darkness The night before The landings, taking a chateau from The Germans and setting up a field hospital – saving many lives with bags of plasma hung up on parachute strings. We hear of delighted French families digging up long-hidden bottles of wine to toast liberation with The victors and The sounds of soldiers singing Jerusalem as They pelted up The beach.

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