D-Day Museum Library

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This is a list of books held in the D-Day Museum library, mainly relating to D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. An enormous number of books have been published on these topics, and an even larger number on the Second World War in general. We have always had a very limited budget for acquiring books, and have limited storage space. The omission of a book from this list is not any kind of judgement on the worth of that book, it just means that we do not own a copy! 

This list has been made available to assist anyone who may want to view books that we hold. The books belong to the D-Day Museum but can normally be consulted at Portsmouth History Centre, in Portsmouth Central Library, by prior appointment (for reference use in the History Centre only, not for borrowing). As well as being available to the public, the books are regularly used by museum staff, which is why they are not available without an appointment. It is hoped that the list may also be a useful resource for people researching D-Day and the Normandy campaign, who may find details of books that they were not previously aware of.

Please click here for any enquiries or comments relating to this list. Some books, such as those with very limited print runs, have been included in the museum archive and are not on this list. Please go to this page for more information about our archive collections. If you have a book that is not on this list and would like to offer it to us, please do get in touch. Thank you.

The list is divided into thematic sections. Books are listed alphabetically by the author or editor’s surname within each. Many books could arguably qualify for more then one section but only appear once in the list. The publisher and date are those for the copy of the book held by the D-Day Museum, but this is often not the only edition available. Explanatory notes about some of the books are given in square brackets, where the subject is not obvious from the title.

Click on the links immediately below to go to the relevant section.

1. Planning and preparations for D-Day
2. General books on D-Day
3. Deception plans and Operation Fortitude
4. British land forces 
5. Commandos (British and Allied)
6. British Airborne Troops
7. US land forces
8. Commonwealth and other Allied units
9. Naval aspects of D-Day, including Operation Neptune 
10. Air war
11. Special operations
12. Mulberry Harbours, PLUTO and other engineering subjects 
13. British and Canadian Beaches on D-Day
14. US Beaches on D-Day
15. The Battle of Normandy
16. Commanders’ memoirs, biographies and autobiographies
17. Veterans' memoirs, oral history and personal experiences
18 .German forces and Atlantic Wall
19. Occupied and Liberated France
20. Women’s services
21. Uniforms, vehicles and weapons
22. Journalists and photographers
23. Overlord Embroidery
24. Normandy Battlefield Guides
25. General books on the Second World War
26. Portsmouth in the Second World War


1. Planning and preparations for D-Day

Viv Acton and Derek Carter, Operation Cornwall 1940-1944. The Fall, The Helford and D-Day (Landfall Publications, 1994)

Max Arthur, The Silent Day. A landmark oral history of D-Day on the home front (Hodder & Stoughton, 2014)

Lt Col Charles C. Bates, Sea, Swell and Surf Forecasting for D-Day and Beyond. The Anglo-American Effort 1943-1945 (unpublished, 2010)

D.F. Beamish, D-Day: Poole (Poole Borough Council, 1984)

Grace Bradbeer, The Land Changed Its Face (Devon, 1973) [evacuation of the South Hams 1943-1944 so that the area could be used for training before D-Day]

George Bruce, Second Front Now! The Road to D-Day (Macdonald & Jane’s, 1979)

Lesley Burton, D-Day Our Great Enterprise (Gosport Society, 1984) [Portsmouth and Gosport area]

Ken Carter and Pete Johnstove, Southwick House. The D-Day Village. (1994)

Arthur L. Clamp, United States Naval Advanced Amphibious Base Plymouth 1943-45 (P.D.S printers, Plymouth 1994)

Arthur L. Clamp, Dartmouth & Kingswear During The Second World War 1939-45 (P.D.S printers, Plymouth, 1994)

Arthur L. Clamp, Exercises Tiger and Fabius, at Slapton Sands 1944 (Printed by P.D.S printers, Plymouth, post-1974)

Cyril Cunningham, The Beaulieu River Goes To War 1939-1945 (Montague Ventures, 1994)

Major John Dalgleish RASC, We Planned The Second Front. The Inside History of How the Second Front Was Planned (Victor Gollanz, 1945) [logistical planning for D-Day]

Martin Doughty (ed.), Hampshire and D-Day (Hampshire Books, 1994)

Ray Freeman, We Remember D-Day (Dartmouth History Research Group with Dartmouth Museum 1994) [British and American eyewitness accounts from the Dart area and Normandy]

Anthony Kemp, Springboard for Overlord. Hampshire and the D-Day Landings (Milestone Publications, 1984)

Geoffrey O’Connell, Southwick. The D-Day Village That Went to War (Ashford, Buchan & Enright, 1995)

Geoffrey O’Connell, Secretive Southwick. Domesday to D-Day (Willowbridge, 1984)

A.J. Holland, D-Day and the Beaulieu River (1984)

Edwin P. Hoyt, The Invasion Before Normandy. The Secret Battle of Slapton Sands (Robert Hale, 1987)

Anthony Kemp, Springboard for Overlord (Milestone, 1984) [Hampshire and the D-Day landings]

Rodney Legg, D-Day Dorset (Dorset Publishing Company, 1994)

Nigel Lewis, Channel Firing. The Tragedy of Exercise Tiger (Penguin Books, 1989) 

Robin Rose-Price and Jean Parnell, The Land We Left Behind (Orchard, 2004) [WW2 years in South Hampshire and South Devon]

Winston G. Ramsay (ed.), After the Battle magazine, No.44 (Battle of Britain Prints International, 1984) [Slapton Sands]

Winston G. Ramsey (ed.), After the Battle magazine No. 84. Supreme HQs for D-Day (Battle of Britain Prints International, 1994)

Winston Ramsey (ed.), D-Day Then and Now, Vol. 1 (After the Battle, 1995)

The Ranger, Journal of the Defence Surveyors’ Association, Summer 2004 Volume 2 Number 9, D-Day Commemorative issue. [mapping for D-Day and the Battle of Normandy]

David Rogers, Destination D-Day. Preparations for the invasion of North-West Europe 1944 (Helion & Company, 2014)

Ken Small, The Forgotten Dead (Bloomsbury, 1988) [Exercise Tiger, Slapton Sands]

J.M. Stagg, Forecast for Overlord June 6 1944 (Ian Allan, 1971) [weather forecasting for D-Day]

David Stafford, Ten Days to D-Day (Little, Brown, 2003)

Tangmere Military Aviation Museum, D-Day at Tangmere and its Surrounding Airfields (Tangmere Military Aviation Trust, 2008)

Scott E. Webber, Camp Shanks 1942-1946 and Shanks Village 1946-1956 (The Historical Society of Rockland County, 1991) [embarkation from East coast of U.S.A in WWII, a scrapbook]

Lieut. General Sir Ronald M. Weeks, Organisation & Equipment for War (Cambridge U.P., 1950)

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2. General books on D-Day (sometimes also including the Battle of Normandy)
Also see the specific Battle of Normandy section. Note that books are only listed in one place on this page, but are often relevant to more than one section.

Stephen E. Ambrose, D-Day June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II (Touchstone, 1994)

Stephen Badsey, D-Day From The Normandy Beaches To The Liberation Of France (Tiger Books, 1993)

Georges Bernage and R.Grenneville (transl. by Philippe Jutras), Invasion journal pictorial 6th June - 22nd August, 1994 (Editions Heimdal, 1983). [in French and English]

Mark Bowden, Our Finest Day. D-Day: June 6, 1944 (Chronicle Books, 2002)

David Chandler, J. Lawton Collins Jr. (eds.), The D-Day Encyclopaedia (Simon & Schuster and Helicon, 1994)

Richard Collier, D-Day June 6, 1944. The Normandy Landings (Cassell, 1992)

John St. John Cooper/The Daily Express, Invasion! (Beaverbrook Newspapers, 1954)

Major L.F. Ellis, Victory in the West, Vol.1 The Battle of Normandy (HMSO, 1962) [The British official history covering D-Day and the Battle of Normandy]

Eisenhower Foundation, D-Day, the Normandy Invasion in Retrospect (University Press Of Kansas, 1971)

Jonathan Falconer, D-Day, 'Neptune', 'Overlord' and the Battle of Normandy, (Haynes Publishing, 2013)

Jacob F. Field, D-Day in Numbers. The facts behind Operation Overlord, (Michael O'Mara Books, 2014)

Chris Going and Alun Jones, D-Day The Lost Evidence. Panoramic Aerial Views (Crecy Publishing, 2004)

Anthony Hall, Operation Overlord Day by Day (Grange Books, 2003)

Tony Hall (ed.), D-Day. Operation Overlord, from its planning to the liberation of Paris (Salamander Books, 1993)

Richard Holmes, The D-Day Experience From The Invasion To The Liberation Of Paris (Carlton, 2004)

Robert Kershaw, D-Day. Piercing the Atlantic Wall (Ian Allan, 2008)

Jonathan Mayo, D-Day minute by minute (Short Books, 2014)

Ian Patrick, Portraits. Anonymous Heroes. 25 years of D-Day Testimony (Musèe de l’armée 2009) [portraits of Normandy veterans, in French and English]

Forrest C. Pogue, United States Army in World War II, The European Theater of Operations, The Supreme Command (Office of Chief of Military History, Department of the Army, Washington D.C., 1954) [US official history]

Winston G. Ramsey (ed.), After the Battle magazine, No. 1. Normandy 1944 (Battle of Britain Prints International Ltd, 1973)

Winston Ramsey (ed.), D-Day Then and Now, Vols. 1-2 (After the Battle, 1995)

Cornelius Ryan, The Longest Day (New English Library, 1982)

Simon Trew, D-Day And The battle of Normandy. A Photographic History (Haynes Publishing, 2012)

Warren Tute, D-Day (Pan Books 1974)

Philip Warner, The D-Day Landings (Mandarin, 1990)

Andrew Whitmarsh, D-Day in Photographs (The History Press, 2009)

Eunice Wilson, The D-Day Quiz Book (Grub Street, 1994)

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3. Deception plans and Operation Fortitude

Mary Kathryn Barbier, D-Day Deception - Operation Fortitude and the Normandy Invasion (Stackpole Books, 2009)

Sefton Delmer, The Counterfeit Spy (Hutchinson, 1973) [The Allied deception programme using German agents]

Jock Haswell, The Intelligence and Deception of the D-Day Landings (B.T. Batsford, 1979)

Roger Hesketh, Fortitude. The D-Day Deception Campaign (St Ermin’s Press, 1999)

F.H. Hinsley, British Intelligence in the Second World War, Volume 3 Part II. (HMSO, 1988)

Joshua Levine, Operation Fortitude - The Story of the spy Operation that saved D-Day (Harper Collins Publishers, 2011)

Mark Seaman (ed.), Garbo. The Spy Who Saved D-Day (National Archives, 2004)

John Reymond, Fortitude. South Kent’s Wartime Deception (Aits & Librabies Publications, 1994)

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4. British land forces 
Except airborne and commandos (see lists below). Also see sections on memoirs, British and Canadian beaches, and Battle of Normandy.

Anon, History of 7th Armoured Division, June 1943 – July 1945 (1945)

Anon, The Story of 79th Armoured Division. October 1942-June 1945 (c.1945)

Anon, The Wyvern in North-West Europe. Being a Short history of the 43rd Wessex Division 24th June 1944-8th May 1945. (c.1945)

Peter Beale, Tank Tracks, (Alan Sutton Publishing, 1995). [9th Battalion Royal Tank Regiment at war 1940-1945]

T.G. Cawte (ed.), 107 Heavy A.A. Regt. Royal Artillery, 1940-1945 (c.1984)

Lieut. Col. Howard N. Cole, Naafi in Uniform (The Forces Press (Naafi), 1982)

David Scott Daniell, Regimental History. The Royal Hampshire Regiment, Volume Three 1918-1954 (Gale and Polden, 1955)

Hugh Darby and Marcus Cunliffe, A Short Story of 21 Army Group (Gale & Polden, 1949)

H.J.G Dartnall, The Plane Spotters. A Medallic History of the Royal Observer Corps (Roberts, 1995)

Patrick Delaforce, The Black Bull. From Normandy to the Baltic with the 11th Armoured Division (Chancellor Press, 1993)

Patrick Delaforce, Monty's Iron Sides. From the Normandy Beaches to Bremen with the 3rd Division (Chancellor Press, 1995) [British 3rd Division]

Patrick Delaforce, Monty's Marauders. Black Rat and Red Fox: The 4th and 8th Armoured Brigades in the Second World War (Tom Donovan Publishing, 1997)

Patrick Delaforce, Monty's Highlanders. 51st Highland Division in World War Two (Tom Donovan Publishing, 2000)

Patrick Delaforce, Taming the Panzers. Monty's Tank Battalions: 3rd RTR at War (Amberley Publishing, 2010)

Patrick Delaforce, Churchill’s Desert Rats. From Normandy to Berlin with the 7th Armoured Division (Chancellor Press, 1994)

Patrick Delaforce, The Polar Bears. Monty’s Left Flank. From Normandy to the Relief of Holland with the 49th Division (Chancellor Press, 1995)

Patrick Delaforce, Red Crown & Dragon. 53rd Welsh Division in North-West Europe, 1944-1945 (Tom Donovan Publishing, 1996)

Patrick Delaforce, The Fighting Wessex Wyverns - From Normandy to Bremerhaven with the 43rd Wessex Division, (Alan Sutton Publishing, 1994)

Patrick Delaforce, Monty's Northern Legions, 50th Northumbrian and 15th Scottish Divisions at War 1939-1945 (History Press, 2004)

Maj. Gen. H. Essame (compiler), The 43rd Wessex Division at war 1944-1945 (William Clowes, 1952)

David Fletcher, Vanguard of Victory. The 79th Armoured Division (HMSO, 1984)

Majors G.R. Hartwell, G.R. Pack & M.A. Edwards, The story of the 5th Battalion The Dorsetshire Regiment in North-West Europe June 1944 to May 1945 (1945)

Keith Jones, Sixty-four Days of a Normandy Summer. With a Tank Unit After D-Day (Robert Hale, 1990)

John Lincoln, Thank God and the Infantry. From D-Day to VE-Day with the 1st Battalion The Royal Norfolk Regiment (Sutton Publishing, 1994)

Eric Lummis, Suffolk and D-Day (1989) [1st Battalion, The Suffolk Regiment]

Robin McNish, Iron Division. The History of the 3rd Division (HMSO, 1978)

Michael R. McNorgan, The Gallant Hussars (The 1st Hussars Cavalry Fund, 2004)

Paul Mace, Forrard, The Story of the East Riding Yeomanry (Leo Cooper, 2001)

Harry Miller, Service to the Sources. The story of Naafi. (Newman Neame, 1971)

Lt. Col. Sir J.E.H. Neville ed.), The Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry Chronicle, Vol IV June 1944- December 1945 (Gale & Polden, 1954).

John Sanders, British Guards Armoured Division 1941-45. Vanguard series (Osprey, 1979)

Norman Scarfe, Assault Division (Collins, 1947) [British 3rd Division]

Major Ned Thornburn, The 4th K.S.L.I in Normandy (4th Bn. K.S.L.I Museum Trust, 1990) [4th Battalion, King's Shropshire Light Infantry]

Peter Whately-Smith, The 94th (Dorset & Hants) Field Regiment Royal Artillery 1939-1945 (G. H. Rose, n.d)

Lt. Col. E. F. Wilson (ed.), Spear Head. News sheets D+5 to VE-Day (printed by printing and stationary services I Corps district, n.d) [British 1st Corps]

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5. Commandos (British and Allied)
For US Rangers, also see US forces section.

Rupert Butler, Hand of Steel (Hamlyn, 1980) [story of the Commandos]

Maurice Chauvet, Notes pour Servir à l’histoire ler. Batailon Fusilier Marin Commando D-Day 6 1944 (Printed Jarach-La Ruche, Paris, 1974)

Ian Dear, Ten Commando 1942-1945 (Leo Cooper, 1987)

Simon Dunstan, Commandos. Churchill’s ‘Hand of Steel’ (Ian Allan Spear Head, 2003)

Brig. John Durnford-Slater, Commando (William Kimber, 1953)

John Forfar, From Omaha to the Scheldt (Tuckwell press, 2001) [47 Royal Marine Commando]

J.O. Forfar, The Battle for Port-en-Bessin. 6-8 June 1944 (Reprint from proceedings of Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh 1994 vol. 24 pp. 218-246) [a medical officer with Royal Marine Commandos]

Gérard Fournier and André Heintz, From “Postmasker” to “Aquatint” (Orep, 2006) [raids by British Commandos 1941-1943 on the French coast]

Capt. Rev. D.A. Fourguarson-Roberts, Royal Marines and D-Day (Royal Marines Historical Society Special Publication No.15, n.d)

Donald Gilchrist, Don’t Cry For Me (Robert Hale, 1982) [Commandos on D-Day and after]

James Ladd, Commandos and Rangers of World War II (Macdonald and Jane’s, 1978)

Murdoch C. McDougall, Swiftly They Struck (Odhams, 1954) [No.4 Commando]

Kenneth Macksey, Commando Strike (Seckel & Walburg, 1985) [story of Amphibious Raiding in World War II]

Charles Messenger, The Commandos 1940-1946 (William Kimber, 1985)

Russell Miller, World War II: The Commandos (Time-Life books, 1981)

Brig. Derek Mills-Roberts, Clash by Night (William Kimber, 1956) [a Commando’s story]

Robin Neillands, The Raiders (Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 1989) [Army Commandos 1940-46]

David Nutting (ed.), Attain by Surprise. The Story of 30 Assault Unit Royal Navy / Royal Marine Commando and of Intelligence by Capture (David Colver, 1997)

Stéphane Simonnet, Les 177 français du Jour J (Éditions Taladier et ministère de la Défense, 2014) [French Commandos who landed on D-Day; in French]

Leroy Thompson, British Commandos in Action (Squadron/Signal Publications, n.d)

David Young, Four Five (Leo Cooper, 1972) [story of 45 Commando Royal Marines 1943-1971]

Brig. Peter Young, Storm from the sea (Corgi, 1958) [Commando officer’s story]

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6. British Airborne troops
Also see memoirs section.

Anon, D-Day Paratroopers, The British, The Canadians, and The French (Histoire & Collections, 2012)

Stephen Ambrose, Pegasus Bridge. 6 June 1944 (George Allen and Unwin, 1984)

Peter Archer, Go To It (School of Signals, 1982)

Neil Barber, The Day The Devils Dropped In. The 9th Parachute Battalion in Normandy- D-Day to D+6, the Merville Battery to the Chateau St. Come (Pen & Sword Books, 2010)

Neil Barber, The Pegasus And Orne Bridges. Their Capture, Defence, And Relief on D-Day (Pen & Sword Military, 2013)

Georges Bernage, Red Devils in Normandy. 5-6 June 1944 (Heimdal, 2002) [6th Airborne Division]

George Chatterton, The Wings of Pegasus (Macdonald, 1962) [story of the Glider Pilot Regiment]

Napier Crookenden, Drop-zone Normandy. (Purnell Book Services, 1976) [story of the American and British airborne assault on D-Day]

John Golley, The Big Drop. The Guns of Merville, June 1944 (Jane’s, 1982)

Peter Harclerode, Go To It! The Illustrated History of the 6th Airborne Division (Caxton Editions, 1990)

Alan Jefferson, Assault on the Guns of Merville (John Murray, 1987)

Barbara Maddox, adapted from diary of Col. R.G. Pine-Coffin, The Tale of Two Bridges (Barbara Maddox and Peter Pine-Coffin, 2003)

Ministry of Information, By Air to Battle. The Official Account of the British 1st and 6th Airborne Divisions. (HMSO, 1945)

G.G. Norton, The Red Devils. The Story of the British Airborne Forces (Leo Cooper, 1971)

Carl Shilleto, Normandy: Pegasus Bridge & Merville Battery. British 6th Airborne Division Landings in Normandy D-Day 6th June 1944. Battleground Europe series. (Leo Cooper, 1999)

Carl Shilleto, Merville Battery & The Dives bridges. Battleground Normandy series. (Pen & Sword, 2011)

Frank Spittle, Robert de Latour, The First of May (no publisher, 2004) [story of a Canadian airborne soldier who was one of the first to land on D-Day]

Sir Huw Wheldon, Red Berets into Normandy (Jerrold Coleus Publications, 1982)

Alan Wood, The Glider Soldiers (Spellmount 1992) [history of British military glider forces]

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7. US forces, including airborne troops
Also see sections on individual units and memoirs, and US beaches section.

Anon, Jour J à Utah-Beach (1974) [memories of Veterans, in French]

Henry Buckton, Friendly invasion. Memories of Operation Bolero. The American occupation of Britain 1942-1945 (Phillimore, 2006)

Michael D. Doubler, Closing With The Enemy, How Gls Fought The War In Europe 1944-1945 (University Press Of Kansas, 1994)

Jonathan Gawne, Spearheading D-Day, American Special Units of the Normandy Invasion (Histoire & Collections, 2001)

Edwin R.W. Hale and John Frayn Turner, The Yanks are coming (Midas, 1983) 

Gordon A. Harrison, United States Army in World War II, The European Theatre of Operations, cross-channel attack (Office of the Chief of Military History United States Army, 1951) [US official history: development of strategy and planning, 1941 - 1 July 1944]

Philippe Jutras, Sainte Mere Eglise and the aerial invasion of this town on D-Day, 6 June 1944 (Heimdal, 1984) [A U.S army veteran of Utah Beach, now residing at Saint-Mere-Eglise; in French and English]

Philippe Jutras, Normandy 44, Les Paras U.S Dans le Canton de Saint-Mere-Eglise (Heimdal, 1979) [in French and English]

Alex Kershaw, The Bedford Boys. One Small Town's D-Day Sacrifice (Simon & Schuster, 2003)

Charles J. Masters, Glidermen of Neptune (Southern Illinois University Press, 1995) [US glider forces on D-Day]

Robin Pearce, Seven Months To D-Day: An American Regiment in Dorset. 16th Infantry Regiment (The Dorecot Press, 2000)

Joseph K. Perkins et al, Mission Accomplished (Salzburg, 1945) [321st Glider Field Artillery Battalion in World War II]

David Reynolds, Rich relations. The American occupation of Britain 1942-1945 (Phoenix, 1995) 

Stephen Smith, Spearhead, 2nd Armoured Division ‘Hell on Wheels’ (Ian Allan, 2003)

Mike Terrier, 82nd Airborne Division ‘All American’. Spearhead series. (Ian Allan, 2001)

Ian Westwell, 1st Infantry Division ‘Big Red One’. Spearhead series. (Ian Allan, 2002)

Ian Westwell, U.S rangers ‘leading the way’ 1942-2001. Spearhead series. (Ian Allan, 2003)

Deryk Wills, Put on Your Boots and parachutes! (Deryk Wills, 1992) [U.S 82nd Airborne Division]

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8. Commonwealth and other Allied units

Terry Copp, Fields of Fire. The Canadians in Normandy. Second Edition. (University of Toronto Press, 2014)

Col. G.W.L. Nicholson, More Fighting Newfoundlanders (Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, 1969) [history of Newfoundland’s fighting forces in the Second World War]

Alison Parr (ed.), The Big Show (Auckland University Press, 2006) [New Zealanders on D-Day and the war in Europe]

John Owen Smith, All Tanked Up. The Canadians in Headley During World War II. Memories of villagers and veterans. (John Owen Smith, 1994)

Col. C.P. Stacey, The Canadian Army 1939-1945 (Department of National Defence, 1948)

Steven J. Zaloga, The Polish Army 1939-45. Men-at-Arms Series. (Osprey, 1982)

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9. Naval aspects of D-Day, including Operation Neptune (the naval assault phase of the Normandy Landings)
Also see memoirs section.

Lt. Cdt. Trevor Blore, Commissioned Barges, The Story of the Landing Craft (Hutchinson, n.d)

Yves Buffetaut, D-Day Ships - The Allied Invasion Fleet, June 1944, (Conway Maritime Press, 1994)

Peter Bull, To Sea in a Sieve (Peter Davies, 1956) [tank landing craft in Dieppe, Italy, South of France]

Lambton Burn, “Down Ramps!” Saga of the Eighth Armada (Carroll & Nicholson, 1947)

W. Brian Carter, Saved by the Bomb (The Book Guild, 2001) [landing craft at D-Day and the Far East]

Sub Lieut. W. B. Carter, D-Day Landings (Silent Books, 1993) [British landing craft crewman landing American forces at Normandy]

J.J. Colledge, Ships of the Royal Navy (Greenhill 1987) [Fifteenth century to the present]

Paul J. Cogger, Finished With Engine (Vantage, 1972) [U.S merchant marine in North Atlantic, Mutmansk, Normandy, Vietnam]

Dr. Martin Downs (ed.), Destroyer Escorts of World War Two (Pictorial Histories Publishing Company, 1987)

Kenneth Edwards, Operation Neptune (Collins, 1946)

Peter Elliot, Allied Minesweeping in World War 2 (Patrick Stephens, 1979)

Peter Eliott, Allied Escort Ships of World War II (Macdonald and Jane’s, 1977)

Michael Emery, From Dry Dock to D-Day. The return Voyage of the SS Jeremiah O’Brien in photographs (Lens Boy Press, n.d.)

George Evans, The Landfall Story (George Evans, 1972) [story of LCT 7074]

Bernard Ferguson, The Watery Maze (Collins 1961) [story of combined operations including Suez 1956]

Lt. Col. J. A. C. Hugill, The Hazard Mesh (Hurst and Blackett, c 1946) [Landing Craft, Tanks in Normandy]

Mark James, D-Day Wrecks of Normandy (Mark James, 1997)

W. D. ‘Jim’ Jarman, Those Wallowing Beauties (The Book Guild ,1997) [story of landing barges in WW2]

J. Lennox Kerr and David James (eds.), Wavy Navy by some who served (George G. Harrays, 1950)

J.D. Ladd, Assault from the Sea 1939-1945 (David & Charles, 1976) [landing craft]

John Lambert and Al Ross, Allied Coastal Forces of World War II. Volume II: Vosper MTBs and U.S Elcos (Conway Maritime Press, 1993)

Brian Lavery, Assault landing craft. Design, construction and operations. (Seaforth, 2009)

Brian Lavery, Hostilities only. Training the wartime Royal Navy. (Conway, 2004)

Tristan Lovering (ed.), Amphibious Assault: Manoeuvre From The Sea. From Gallipoli to the Gulf (Seafares Books, 2007)

Paul Lund & Harry Ludlam, Trawlers Go To War (Paul Lund and Harry Ludlam, 1971) [story of “Harry Tate’s Navy”]

Paul Lund and Harry Ludlam, The War of the Landing Craft (W. Foulsham, 1976)

Pamela Mitchell, The Tip of the Spear. The Midget Submarines (Richard Netherwood, 1993)

Capt. S.W. Roskill, The War at Sea 1939-1945. Vol.1 The Defensive (HMSO, 1954) [British naval official history]

Capt. S.W. Roskill, The War at Sea 1939-1945, Vol. 2 The Period of Balance (HMSO, 1956) [British naval official history]

Capt. S.W. Roskill, The War at Sea Vol. 3. Part 1 The Offensive 1st June 1943- 31st May 1944 (HMSO, 1960) [British naval official history]

Capt. S.W. Roskill, The War at Sea Vol. 3. Part 1 The Offensive 1st June 1944-14th August 1945 (HMSO, 1961) [British naval official history, this volume covering D-Day itself]

Lt. Cdt. Peter Scott, The Battle of the Narrow Seas (Country Life, 1945) [history of the light costal forces in the channel and North Sea 1939-1945]

John Slader, The Fourth Service. Merchantmen at war 1939-45. (New Guild, 1995)

Gerald Toghill, Royal Navy Trawlers, Part One: Admiralty Trawlers (Maritime Books, n.d,)

M. J. Whitley, Cruisers of World War Two (Brockhampton, 1999)

Jack Williams, They Led The Way (J. F. Williams (Oropesa), 1994) [fleet minesweepers at Normandy June 1944]

John de S. Winser, The D-Day Ships (World Ship Society, 1994) [lists all ships that participated in Operation Neptune]

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10. Air war and Normandy campaign

Anon, British German and Italian Aircraft, How To Spot Them: Drawings and photos with descriptions. (Hutchinson & Co., pre-1942)

Stephen E. Ambrose, Wild Blue. 741 Squadron. On a wing and a prayer over occupied Europe (Simon & Schuster, 2002)

Ralph Barker, Strike Hard, Strike Sure (Chatto and Windus 1963) [epics of the bombers]

Jean-Pierre Benamou, La Bataille Aerienne de Normandie 1944 (Editions Diffusions du Lys, 1994) [in French, useful illustrations]

Richard Townsend Bickers, Air War Normandy (Leo Cooper, 1994)

Martin Bowman, Fields of Little America. An illustrated history of 8th Air Force 2nd Air Division 1942-45 (Wensum Books, 1977)

Martin W. Bowman, Wild Blue Yonder. Glory days of the US Eighth Air Force in England (Cassell, 2003)

Robin J. Brooks, Hampshire Airfields in the Second World War (Countryside, 1996)

Bernard Crochet, Les Avions du 6 Juin. La Bataille du Ciel (Editions Heimdal, 1993) [in French, useful illustrations]

Stephen Darlow, D-Day Bombers: The Veteran’s Story (Grub Street, 2004) [RAF Bomber Command and US 8th Air Force support to the Normandy invasion]

Sir John Hammerton (ed.), ABC of the RAF (Amalgamated Press 1942) [Handbook for all branches of the air force]

H.J.T. Leal, Battle in the Skies over the Isle of Wight (Isle of Wight County Press, 1988)

Gust E. Lundberg Jr & Capt. Karl S. Peterson (eds.), Keller’s Killers, Whit’s Warriors (No publisher, 1945) [557th Bombardment group, AAF photographs and officer’s and men’s indices]

John Stanley, The Exbury Junkers. A World War II Mystery (Woodfield, 2004)

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11. Spies, special operations and Normandy campaign

Virginia Cowles, The Phantom Major (Collins, 1958) [David Stirling and the SAS regiment]

M.R.D. Foot, History of the Second World War. SOE in France. (HMSO, 1966) [official history]

Paul Gaujac, Special Forces in the Invasion of France (Histoire & Collections, 1999)

Sinclair McKay, The British Spy Manual. The authentic SOE guide for WWII (Aurum Press, 2014)

Philip John Stead, Second Bureau (Evans Brothers, 1959) [undercover work by French intelligence in WW 2]

Bill Strutton and Michael Pearson, The Secret Invaders (Hodder and Stoughton, 1958) [Combined Operations Pilotage Parties, surveying beaches for subsequent landings]

Michael Tillotson (ed.), SOE and The Resistance (Continuum International Publishing Group, 2011)

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12. Mulberry Harbours, PLUTO (Pipeline Under the Ocean) and other engineering subjects

J. Evans, E. Palmer and R. Walter (comps/eds.), "A Harbour Goes to War. The story of Mulberry and the men who made it happen" (Brooks House Publishing for the South Machars Historical Society, 2000)

Guy Hartcup, "Code Name Mulberry. The Planning, Building, and Operation of the Normandy Harbours" (David & Charles, 1977)

Cdt. Walter Karig et al, Rhinos and Mulberries, article in US Naval institute Proceedings, vol.71 no.514 (December 1945)

Adrian Searle, Pluto. Pipe-line Under The Ocean (Shanklin Chine, 1995)

Harry Smith & Bob Knight of Erith & Belvedere Local History Society, & Barry Barnett of BICC Cables Ltd., Pluto. World War II’s Best-kept Secret (Bexley Council, n.d,)

The Civil Engineer in War, Volume 1, Airfields, Roads, Railways and Bridges (Institution of Civil Engineers 1948). World war II.

The Civil Engineer in War, Volume 2, Docks and Harbours. World War II (Institution of Civil Engineers 1948).

The Civil Engineer in War, Volume 3, Properties of Materials, Structures, Hydraulics, Tunnelling and Surveying. World War II (Institution of Civil Engineers 1948).

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13. British and Canadian Beaches on D-Day (and subsequent operations)
Sometimes including subsequent operations as well. Also see Battle of Normandy section, and sections on specific units. See British airborne section for British airborne operations on D-Day.

Georges Bernage, Gold Juno Sword (Heimdal, 2003) [French and English]

Lloyd Clark, Orne Bridgehead. Battlezone Normandy series. (Sutton, 2004)

Christopher Dunphie and Garry Johnson, Normandy: Gold Beach - Inland from King, June 1944. Battleground Europe series. (Pen & Sword, 1999)

Ken Ford, Juno Beach. Battlezone Normandy series. (Sutton, 2004)

Ken Ford, Sword Beach. Battlezone Normandy series. (Sutton, 2004)

Tim Kilvent-Jones, Normandy: Sword Beach. 3rd British Infantry Division’s battle for the Normandy Beachhead 6th June – 10th June 1944. Battleground Europe series. (Leo Cooper, 2001)

John Gilbert, Bloody Buron! (Gargunnock Books 2004) [Canada’s D-Day +1]

Ken Ford, D-Day 1944 (3), Sword Beach & The British Airborne Landings (Osprey, 2002)

Pierre Landry, Jack MacFadden & Angus Scully, Juno Beach. Canada in World War II (Penguin 2003) [book, CD-Rom]

Tim Saunders, Normandy: Gold Beach. Jig Sector and West. Battleground Europe series. (Leo Cooper, 2002)

Simon Trew, Gold Beach. Battlezone Normandy series. (Sutton, 2004)

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14. US Beaches on D-Day (and subsequent operations)
Sometimes including subsequent operations as well. Also see Battle of Normandy section, and sections on specific units.

Stephen Badsey, Utah Beach. Battlezone Normandy series. (Sutton, 2004)

Joseph Balkoski, Utah Beach. The Amphibious Landing and Airborne Operations on D-Day June 6, 1944 (Stackpole Books, 2006)

Joseph Balkoski, Omaha Beach. D-Day June 6, 1944 (Stackpole Books, 2006)

Tim Bean, Omaha Beach. Battlezone Normandy series. (Sutton, 2004)

Georges Bernage, Omaha Beach 6 June 1944 (Heimdal Books, 2003)

Tim Kilvent-Jones, Normandy: Omaha Beach. V Corps Battle for the Beachhead. Battleground Europe series. (Leo Cooper, 1999) 

John C. McManus, The dead and those about to die. D-Day: the Big Red One at Omaha Beach (NAL Caliber/the Penguin Group, 2014)

Martin K.A. Morgan, The Americans On D-Day. A photographic history of the Normandy invasion (Zenith Press, 2014)

Carl Shilleto, Normandy: Utah Beach. St. Mère Eglise. Battleground Europe series. (Leo Cooper, 2001)

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15. The Battle of Normandy 
Books about the Battle of Normandy rather than D-Day. Also see D-Day section (which includes some books also covering the Battle of Normandy too) and sections on individual units, memoirs and German forces. Note that books are only listed in one place on this page, but are often relevant to more than one section.

John S. Allsup, Hedgerow Hell, L’Enfer du Bocage. Omaha of June to Hill 108 18 June 1944 (Heimdal, 1985) [in French and English]

Stephen E. Ambrose, Citizen Soldiers. From the beaches of Normandy to the surrender of Germany (Simon & Schuster, 2002)

Stephen Badsey, Campaign Series 1. Normandy 1944. Allied landings and Breakout (Osprey Military, 1990)

Philippe Bauduin (transl. Greenhaugh & Greenhaugh), Wars and Discoveries (Editions OREP, 2000) [account of 50 discoveries that affected the battle of Normandy]

Eversley Bellfield & H. Essame, The Battle for Normandy (Batsford, 1965)

John Buckley (ed.), The Normandy Campaign 1944. Sixty years on (Routledge, 2006) [latest research, much of it revising established views]

John Buckley, British Armour In The Normandy Campaign 1944 (Frank Cass, 2006)

John Buckley, Monty's Men. The British Army and the Liberation of Europe (Yale University Press Publications, 2013)

Lloyd Clark, Operation Epsom. Battlezone Normandy series. (Sutton, 2004)

John Buckley, Monty's Men. The British Army and the Liberation of Europe, (Yale University Press Publications, 2013)

John D’Arcy-Dawson, European Victory (Macdonald, n.d.) [war correspondent’s account, from Normandy to Germany]

Ian Daglish, Over the Battlefield. Operation Bluecoat. Breakout from Normandy, (Pen & Sword Military, 2009)

Ian Daglish, Over The Battlefield. Operation Epsom. (Pen & Sword, 2007)

Patrick Delaforce, Smashing the Atlantic Wall. The destruction of Hitler's Coastal Fortresses (Cassell, 2001)

Patrick Delaforce, Marching to the Sound of Gunfire. North West Europe 1944-5 (Sutton Publishing, 1996)

Nigel de Lee, Battle for St-Lo. Battlezone Normandy series. (Sutton, 2005) or:#333333'>John Buckley, Monty's Men. The British Army and the Liberation of Europe, (Yale University Press Publications, 2013)

Rémy Desquesnes, Normandy 1944, The Invasion, The Battle and Everyday Life (Editions Quest- France, 1993)

Carlo D'Este, Decision in Normandy: The unwritten Story of Montgomery and the Allied Campaign (William Collins Sons, 1983)

Jean-Pierre Gueno and Jerome Pecnard, Paroles du Jour J. Lettres et carnets du Debarquement, ete 1944 (Les Arenes, 2004) [stories from Battles of Normandy, in French]

Eric Gunton and William Jordan, Normandy 1945. After The Battle. (Pitkin, 2005)

Stephen Ashley Hart, Colossal Cracks. Montgomery’s 21st Army Group in North-West Europe 1944-45. (Stackpole, 2007)

Max Hastings, Overlord. D-Day and the Battle for Normandy 1944 (Book Club Associates, 1984)

Robin Havers, Battle for Cherbourg. Battlezone Normandy series. (Sutton, 2004)

Major J.J. How, Normandy. The British Breakout (William Kimber, 1981)

W.G.F. Jackson, Overlord: Normandy 1944 (David Poynter, 1978)

John Keegan, Six Armies in Normandy (Jonathan Cape, 1982)

Anthony Kemp, Lorraine Journal Pictorial. Lorraine album mémorial  31 Août 1944-15 Mars 1945 (Heimdal/Serpenoise, 1985)

Ben Kite, Stout Hearts. The British and Canadians in Normandy 1944, (Helion & Company, 2014)

Stephane Lamache, Les 100 objects de la Bataille de Normandie (Orep Editions, 2014) [100 objects representing Battle of Normandy, in French]

François de Lannoy, 21st Army Group, The Units which Made Up The Group In Normandy (Heimdal, 2003) [French and English]

Paul Latawksi, Falaise Pocket. Battlezone Normandy series. (Sutton, 2004) Normandy, in French]

Eric Lefevre, Panzers in Normandy: Then and Now (After the Battle, n.d.)

Sean Longden, To the Victor the Spoils. D-Day to VE-Day. The Reality Behind the Heroism (Arris, 2004)

James Lucas and James Barker, The Killing Ground (Batsford, 1978) [Battle of the Falaise Gap, August 1944]

Henry Maule, Caen. The Brutal Battle and Break-out from Normandy (David Charles, 1976)

Alexander McKee, Caen. Anvil of Victory, (Souvenir Press, 1964)

Robin Neillands, The Battle of Normandy 1944 (Cassell, 2002)

John North, North-West Europe 1944-5 (HMSO, 1977)

Christopher Pugsley, Operation Cobra. Battlezone Normandy series. (Sutton, 2005)

Winston G. Ramsey (ed.), After the Battle magazine, No. 8 1975, includes The Battle of the Falaise Pocket 1944 (Battle of Britain Prints International, 1975)

Simon Trew, Battle for Caen. Battlezone Normandy series. (Sutton, 2004)

George Patton Waters, Battlefield Relics. Normandy 1944 (Histoire & Collections, 2014)

Andrew Wilson, Flame Thrower (William Kimber, 1956) [Churchill tanks in Normandy]

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16. Commanders’ memoirs, biographies and autobiographies

Maj. Gen. David Belchem, Victory in Normandy (Chatto & Windus for Book Club Associates, 1981) [head of Montgomery’s operations and planning staff 1943-45]

Omar N. Bradley, A Soldier’s Story of the Allied Campaigns from Tunis to Elbe (Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1951)

Stephen Brooks (ed.), Montgomery and the Battle of Normandy (The History Press for the Army Records Society, 2008) [diaries and correspondence January to August 1944]

Rear-Admiral W.S. Chalmers, Full Cycle. The Biography of Admiral Sir Bertram Home Ramsay (Hodder & Stoughton, 1959) [Allied naval commander for D-Day]

Patrick Dalzel-Job, Arctic Snow to Dust of Normandy: The Extraordinary Wartime Exploits of a Naval Special Agent (Alan Sutton, 1991)

Dwight D. Eisenhower, Crusade In Europe (William Heinemann, 1948)            

David Fraser, Alanbrooke (David Fraser, 1982) [biography of the British Chief of the Imperial General Staff at the time of D-Day]

Maj. Gen. Sir Francis de Guingand, Operation Victory (Hodder & Stoughton, 1947) [autobiography of the Chief of Staff of 21st Army Group 1944-1945]

Nigel Hamilton, Monty, Volume 3, the Field-Marshal 1944-1976 (Sceptre 1987)

John H. Holden, Lord Montgomery in Hampshire and Normandy (Hampshire County Council, 1994)

Alistair Horne with David Montgomery, Monty 1944-45. The Lonely Leader (Macmillan, 1994)

Hastings Ismay, The Memoirs of General The Lord Ismay (Heinemann, 1960) [autobiography of Churchill’s chief military assistant]

Roger James, Montgomery at Alamein (Tricorn, 2009)

John Kennedy, The Business of War (Hutchinson, 1957) [war narrative of Major General Sir John Kennedy]

Ronald Lewin, Rommel as Military Commander (B.T. Batsford, 1968)

Field-Marshal The Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, The Memoirs (The Companion Book Club, 1958)

Field Marshal The Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, El Alamein to the River Sangro. Normandy to the Baltic (Hutchinson, 1973)

Field-Marshal Sir Bernard Montgomery, Normandy to the Baltic (Hutchinson, 1946)

Gen. Sir Frederick Morgan, Overture to Overlord (Hodder & Stoughton, 1950) [author was COSSAC - i.e. in charge of planning D-Day before Allied commanders were appointed]

Forrest C. Pogue, Organiser of Victory 1943-1945 (Viking Press, 1973) [biography of General George Marshall, US Chief of Staff of the Army]

Maj. Gen. Richard Rohmer, Patton’s Gap (Arms and Armour Press, 1981) [General Patton’s role at the end of the Battle of Normandy]

Freidrich Ruge, Rommel in Normandy (Macdonald and Jane’s, 1979) [reminiscences of Friedrich Ruge, Rommel’s naval advisor]

Desmond Young, Rommel (Book club associates, 1972) [biography of the German commander]

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17. Veterans’ memoirs, oral history and personal experiences (also see sections on individual units)
The D-Day Museum's archives also include many unpublished memoirs which are not shown below. Those listed here are generally only widely published works.

John C. Ausland, Letters Home: A War Memoir (Land Productions, 1993) [Includes D-Day]

Roderick Bailey, Forgotten voices of D-Day - A new history of the Normandy Landings (Ebury Press, 2009)

Jonathan Bastable, Voices From D-Day, Eye-witness Accounts of 6th June 1944 (David & Charles, 2004)

Molly Burkelt and Dick Bowen, Once Upon a Wartime XIV, D-Day (Barmy Books, 2004)

Martin Bowman, Remembering D-Day. Personal Histories of Everyday Heroes. (HarperCollins, 2004)

Bill Cheall, Fighting through from Dunkirk to Hamburg (Pen & Sword, 2011)

Bill Close, Tank Commander. From the fall of France to the defeat of Germany (Pen & Sword Military, 2013)

Joe Cole, Road to the Front (Lanbaurgh-on-tees Borough Council, 1994) [experiences of a camouflage designer and constructer and his drawings, including D-Day]

Michael Cumming, Radar reflections (Radar associates, 2000) [the secret life of air force radar mechanics in WW2]

Lt. Cdt. Oliver Dawkins, Night Passage to Normandy (Decca Navigator Company n.d.) [personal record of the opening place by a navigating officer]

Simon Evans, Gunner Kaye (Geoff Blore, 2007) [artilleryman’s experiences from the Normandy beaches to VE-Day]

Sheila Geddes, A Strange Alchemy (Pen Press Publishers, 2001) [support groups in WW2]

Sergeant Trevor Greenwood, D-Day To Victory. The Diaries of a British Tank Commander (Simon & Schuster, 2012)

John Hall, A Soldier of the Second World War (no publisher, 1986) [D-Day to VE Day in Germany]

Ian C. Hammerton, Achtung! Minen! The Making of a Flail Tank Troop Commander (The Book Guild, 1991) [Normandy to Germany]

Patrick Hennessey, Young Man in a Tank [D-Day before and after]

John Howard & Penny Bates, The Pegasus Diaries. The private papers of Major John Howard DSO. (Pen & Sword Military, 2007)

Garry Johnson & Christopher Dunphie, Brightly Shone the Dawn. Some Experiences of the Invasion of Normandy. (Frederick Warne, 1980) 

Major Robert Kiln, D-Day to Arnhem with Hertforshire’s Gunners (Castlemead Publications, 1993)

James Kyle, Typhoon Tale (Biggar & Co., 1989)                      

James Leasor, The Unknown Warrior (Heinemann 1980)

Peter Liddle, D-Day By Those Who Were There (Pen & Sword, 2004)

Ramsay H. Milne, Sailor Boy to Typhoon Pilot (Sterling Graphics, Victoria, B.C. 1988) [includes 440 Squadron RCAF Feb-Aug 1944 and capture]

Russell Miller, Nothing Less Than Victory. The oral history of D-Day. (Michael Joseph, 1993)

Piper Bill Millin, Invasion (The Book Guild, 1991)

Gordon Moore, Prelude to Battle (Midas Books, 1983) [infantry memoir]

G.A. Morris, The Battle of El Alamein and Beyond (The Book Guild, 1993)

Robin Neillands and Roderick de Normann, D-Day 1944, Voices from Normandy, that one day told by those who were there (Cassell Military Paperbacks, 1993)

Bill Newman, “Sparks” RN. A Charmed Life. 1935-1953 (Bill Newman, 1993)

Geoffrey Picot, Accidental Warrior. In the front line from Normandy till Victory (The Book Guild, 1993) [1st Hampshires] 

Stan Procter. A Quiet Little Boy Goes to War. 43rd Wessex 1943-1945 (Stan Procter, n.d.)

Norma Rogers, Until the Final Gun (1st Books Library, 2002) [Alfred Wesley Rogers with the 411th AAA gun battalion (U.S) including D-Day +3]

Stella Rutter, Tomorrow is D-Day. The remarkable war story of Supermarine's first draughtswoman. (Amberley, 2014)

Robin Savage, D-Day. The Last of the Liberators (Helion & Company Limited, 2014)

Hein Severloh, WN62. A German Soldier's Memories of the Defense of Omaha Beach Normandy, June 6, 1944. (H.E.K. Creativ Verlag, 2011)

Frank and Joan Shaw (compilers), We Remember D-Day (Echo Press (1983) Ltd, n.d.)

Capt. C. Shore, With British Snipers to the Reich (Greenwill Books, 1997)

J. G. Smith, In at the Finish (Minerva, 1995) [tank crewman, North-West Europe 1944-1945]

Robert Thornburrow, What’s in a War (Prospero Books, 1999)

Ron Walsh, In The Company of Heroes (Troubadour, 2004) [in Royal Navy including Atlantic convoys, North Africa, D-Day]

Harry Wardon, Forecastle to Quarterdeck, Memoirs 1935-45 (CPW Books, 1994)

Kenneth J. West, An’ it’s Called a Tam-o’-Shanter (Merlin Books, 1985) [experiences of a soldier during twelve months of the second front]

Ian Wilson, From Belfast Through To D-Day (North Down Borough Council, Bangor, 1994)

Robert Woollcombe, Lion Rampant. The Memoirs of an Infantry Officer from D-Day to the Rhineland (Black & White Publishing, 2014)

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18. German forces and Atlantic Wall
Also see Battle of Normandy and commanders sections.

Jean-Philippe Borg, German Combat Equipment 1939-45 (Histoire & Collections, 2014)

Alain Chazette & Alain Destouches, 1944: Le Mur De L’Atlantique en Normandie (Editions Heimda, n.d.)

Brian L. Davis, German Army Uniforms and Insignia 1933-1945 (Military Book Society, 1971)

Eric Lefèvre, Panzers in Normandy Then and Now (Battle of Britain Prints International, 1983)

Paul Gamelin, Le Mur De L’Atlantique Les Blockhaus de L’Illusoire (Daniel et Cie, 1974)

Richard Hargreaves, The Germans in Normandy (Pen & Sword Military, 2006)

David C. Isby (ed.), Fighting the invasion. The German army at D-Day. WWII German Debriefs (Greenbill Books, 2000)

David C. Isby (ed.), Fighting in Normandy. The German Army from D-Day to Villers-Bocage (Greenhill Books, 2001)

David C. Isby (ed.), Fighting The Breakout. The German Army in Normandy from 'Cobra' to the Falaise Gap (Greenhill Books, 2004)

J.E. and H.W. Kaufmann, A. Jankovic-Potocnik & Vladimir Tonic, The Atlantic Wall. History and Guide. (Pen & Sword Military, 2012)

Werner Kortenhaus, The Combat History of the 21. Panzer Division (Helion & Company, 2014)

Didier Lodieu, The 116. Panzer-Division's Panther battalion in Normandy, July-August 1944 (Histoire & Collections, 2012)

Jean Paul Pallud, Ruckmarsch! The German Retreat from Normandy, Then and Now (Battle of Britain International, 2007)

Rudi Rolf and Peter Saal, Fortress Europe (Airlife, 1988)

Norbert Szamveber, Waffen-SS Armour in Normandy. The Combat History of SS-Panzer Regiment 12 and SS-Panzerjager Abteilung 12 Normandy 1944. Based on their original war diaries. (Helion & Company, 2012)

Philip Vickers, Das Reich, 2nd SS Panzer Division - Drive to Normandy, June 1944. Battleground Europe. (Leo Cooper, 2000)

Steven J. Zaloga, D-Day Fortifications in Normandy (Osprey Publishing, 2011)

Steven Zaloga, The Devil's Garden, Rommel's desperate defense of Omaha Beach on D-Day (Stackpole Books 2013)

Niklas Zetterling, Normandy 1944 - German Military organisation, combat power and organizational effectiveness (J.J. Fedorowicz Publishing Inc., 2000)

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19. Occupied and Liberated France

Richard Collier, Ten Thousand Eyes (Collins, 1958) [the mapping by French civilians of the Atlantic Wall]

Genevieve Duboscq, My Longest Night (Leo Cooper + Secker&Wallburg, 1978) [an 11yr old French girl’s memories of D-Day]

Françoise Duteur and Gérard Feumrier, Le Calvados sous L’occupation 1940-1944 (Archives départemeuntales du Calvados, 1993)

Françoise Duteur, The Liberation of Calvados 6th June 1944 – 31st December 1944 (Calvados County Council, Caen 1994)

Bernard Garnier et al (eds.), Les populations civiles face au débarquement et à la bataille de Normandie (CRHQ, CNRS- Université de Caen, 2005)

William I. Hitchcock, Liberation. The bitter road to freedom, Europe 1944-1945, (Simon & Schuster, 2009)

Jean Lechevrel, Les Dés Sout Sur Le Tapis. Caen et les environs été 1944 (S.E.B.N- Caen, 1984)

Henri Marie, Villers Bocage, Dédié aux victims civiles (Heimdal 2003) [French and English]

Russell Miller, World War II: The Resistance (Time-Life Books, 1979)

Francoise Passera and Jean Quellien, Les civils dans La bataille de Normandie (Orep Editions, 2014)

Claude Quétel, Caen 1940 1944. La Guerre. L’Occupation. La Libération (Editions quest-France, Memorial de Caen, 1994)

Mary Louise Roberts, D-Day Through French Eyes. Normandy 1944 (The University of Chicago Press, 2014)

Louis Le Roch’h Morgère, Du Sang et des larmes (Calvados archives, 1994) [Exhibition of paintings, including of Normandy 1944. Text in French, English, Russian.]

Henry Rousso, Les Années Noires. Vivre sous L’occupation (Gallimard, 1992)

Ian Wellsted, SAS with the Maquis (Greenhill, 1994) [In action with the French resistance June-September 1944]

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20. Women’s services

Ray Freeman (compiler), A Wrens’ eye view of wartime Dartmouth (Dartmouth History Group with Dartmouth Museum, 1994)

Brenda McBryde, A Nurses War (Cakebreads, 1993) [Normandy to Germany and concentration camps]

Brenda McBryde, Quiet Heroines, Nurses of the Second World War (Cakebreads, 1989) [Throughout the war including Japanese internment]

Gwendoline Page (ed.), They Listened in Secret. More Memories of the Wrens (Reeve, 1993)

Peggy Scott, They Made Invasion Possible (Hutchinson, n.d) [Women’s services]

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21. Uniforms, vehicles and weapons 
In many cases, covers WW2 in general not specifically D-Day.

Jean Bouchery, The British Tommy in North-West Europe, 1944-1945. Volume 1 Uniforms, Insignia and Equipment. (Histoire & Collections, 2001)

Jean Bouchery, The Canadian Soldier in North West Europe, From 1944-1945 (Histoire & Collections, 2007)

Martin Brayley & Richard Ingram, The World War II Tommy. British Army Uniforms European Theatre 1939-45. (Crowood, 1998)

Peter Chamberlain and Chris Ellis, British and American Tanks of World War II (Arms & Armour Press, 1969)

John Church, Military Vehicles of World War 2 (Blandford, 1982)

Brian L. Davis, British Army Uniforms & Insignia of World War Two (Arms and Armour Press, 1983)

Henri-Paul Enjames, Government Issue. U.S. Army European Theatre of Operations Collector's Guide Volume 1 (Histoire & Collections, 2012)

Henri-Paul Enjames, Government Issue.U.S. Army European Theatre of Operations Collector's Guide Volume 2 (Histoire & Collections, 2012)

George Forty, British Army Handbook 1939-1945 (Sutton, 1998)

Terry Gander, Allied Infantry Weapons of World War Two (Crowood, 2000)

Eric Grove, World War II Tanks (Orbis, 1976)

Joe Lyndhurst (consultant), Military Collectables. An international directory of twentieth century militaria. (Salamander 1983)

Andrew Mollo, Army Uniforms of World War 2 (Blandford press, 1973)

Nigel Montgomery, Churchill Tank 1941-1956 (all models). (Haynes publishing, 2013)

Major Frederick Myatt, Modern Small Arms. Encyclopaedia of famous military fire arms 1873 to present. (Salamander 1978)

Guido Rosignoli, Army Badges and Insignia of World War 2. G.B, Poland, Belgium, Italy, U.S.S.R, U.S.A, Germany. (Blandford, 1972)

Bart H. Vanderveen and Oly Slager Organisation Bt. The Observer’s Army Vehicles Directory to 1940 (Warne, 1974)

Pat Ware, Sherman Tank 1941 onwards (all M4 variants), Owners' Workshop Manual (Haynes Publishing, 2012)

B.T. White, Tanks and other AFVs of the Blitzkreig Era 1939 to 1941 (Blandford Press, 1972)

B.T. White, Tanks and other Army Fighting Vehicles 1942-45 (Blandford Press, 1975)

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22. Journalists and photographers in Normandy

D-Day Dispatches, Normandy 1944: Avec les correspondants de guerre (Hors Série Normandy magazine, n.d) [in French]

Jonathan Gawne, US Army Photo Album. Shooting the War in Colour 1941-1945 USA to ETO (Histoire & Collections, 1996)

Ian Grant, Cameramen at War (Patrick Stephens, 1980) [British armed forces cameramen in WW2 including D-Day]

Col. Barney Oldfield USAF, Never a shot in anger (Duell, Sloan and pearce, New York, 1956) [he was a military publications officer who dealt with the press at  the time of D-Day]

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23. The Overlord Embroidery
The 272ft/83m long Overlord Embroidery is on display at the D-Day Museum, Portsmouth.

Stephen Brooks & Eve Eckstein, Operation Overlord. The History of D-Day and the Overlord Embroidery. (Ashford, 1989)

Brian Jewell, Conquest & Overlord. The Story of the Bayeux Tapestry and the Overlord Embroidery (Midas, 1981)

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24. Normandy Battlefield Guides, and Normandy today
Also see the Battle Zone Normandy books (Sutton) and Battleground Europe books (Pen & Sword) which are listed above in the sections covering the D-Day beaches, and the Battle of Normandy.

J.P. Benamou, Normandy 1944. An Illustrated Field-Guide 7 June to 22 August 1944 (Heimdal, 1982)

Anon, Gardens of Remembrance, The Men and Their Destiny (Editions OREP) [Places of recollection and remembrance for those who gave their lives in the Battle of Normandy]

Tonie and Valmai Holt, Major & Mrs. Holt’s Battlefield Guide to the Normandy D-Day Landing Beaches (Leo Cooper, 1999)

R.H Hunter & T.H.C Brown, Battle Coast (Spurbrooks, 1973)

Yves Lecouturier, The Beaches of the D-Day Landings (Editions Ouest- France, 1999)

Claude Quétel, A Memorial for Peace (Editions du Regard, 1993)

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25. General books on the Second World War
Not all books on this subject that we hold are yet listed here.

Christopher Claut, Richard Humble, William Fowler & Jenny Shaw, Hitler’s Generals and Their Battles, from 1932 (Salamander, 1976)

I.C.B. Dear (ed. in chief), Oxford companion to World War II (Oxford University Press, 2001)

Richard Holmes, World War II, The Definitive Visual Guide, from Blitzkrieg to Hiroshima (Dorling Kindersley, 2009)

Robert Opie, The Wartime Scrapbook From Blitz To Victory 1939-1945 (NC, n.d.)

Claude Quetel (transl. John Ritchie), The Second World War, Photos from Germany 1933 to Japan 1946 (Editions Memorial de Caen, 2003)

Cesare Salmaggi and Alfredo Pallavisini, 2194 Days of War. Illustrated chronology of Second World War (Windward, 1977)

A.J.P. Taylor, The War Lords (Penguin, 1978) [Mussolini, Hitler, Churchill, Stalin, Roosevelt, Japan]

Brigadier Peter Young (ed.), The Almanac of World War II (Hamlyn, 1981)

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26. Portsmouth in the Second World War
We hold a few additional books on the Home Front in WW2, which are not listed here.

Roger Bryant, Monty: The Pompey Connection (Rogged Right, Rowlands Castle 1993)

Jack Duffelt, One Englishman’s Small Part in History (Walworth Enterprise Centre, Andover, 1996) [including fire service in Portsmouth Blitz]

Admiral Sir W.M. James, The Portsmouth Letters (Macmillan 1946)

Paul Jenkins, Battle over Portsmouth (Middleton Press, 1986)

John D. Parfoot, Down to Fifty Feet, Wartime Stories from Gosport Airfield (Printed by Gosport Printing, 1994)

Nigel Peake, City at War (Milestone Publications, 1986)

Andrew Whitmarsh, Portsmouth at War (Tempus, 2007)


List published 1.6.2015. This list has been compiled by museum volunteers and we are grateful to them for their assistance.