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    Neptune: The Allied Invasion of Europe and the D-Day Landings

    Presented by at Boston Athenæum

    June 23, 2014


    Neptune: The Allied Invasion of Europe and the D-Day Landings

    In Neptune, Craig L. Symonds, noted historian and professor of history emeritus at the United States Naval Academy, looks at the unknown side of D-Day.

    From the moment British forces evacuated the beaches of Dunkirk in 1940, Allied planners began to consider how, when, and where the Western allies could forcefully re-enter the European continent .When Operation Overlord — the name given to the cross-Channel invasion of Northern France — was conceived, it was done so only in concert with Operation Neptune, the seaborne assault that would bring the men to the Normandy coast.

    Symonds traces the central thread of this Olympian event— involving over five thousand ships and nearly half a million personnel — from its conception in the winter of 1941 to the storming of the beaches in the summer of 1944. Symonds offers portraits of key American and British personalities, from Franklin Roosevelt,Winston Churchill, and “Ike” Eisenhower to the less-prominent Admiral Ernest J. King and his British counterpart, Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay, to offer an intimate look at the men involved in this exceptional campaign.

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