D-Day Museum Library


More about the D-Day Museum library

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. The D-Day Museum has always had a very limited budget for acquiring books, as well as limited shelf space. The omission of a book from this list does not mean we do not think it is a good book, simply that we do not own a copy. To repeat, this is not any kind of judgement on the value of other books! The fact that the D-Day Museum is located in the UK has also shaped the contents of the list.

Please click here for any enquiries relating to this list.

These books can be consulted at Portsmouth History Centre, in Portsmouth Central Library, by prior appointment. As well as being available to the public, the books are also used by museum staff to prepare displays, research our collections and answer enquiries.

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.

The list is divided into thematic sections, and is listed alphabetically by the author or editor’s surname within each. Some 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 probably not be the only edition. 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. Preparations for D-Day
2. General books on D-Day and the Battle of Normandy


Deception plans and Operation Fortitude
D-Day planning, logistics and engineering
Special operations
British land forces (except airborne and commandos: see below)
British Airborne Troops
US land forces
Other Allied units
Naval aspects of D-Day, including Operation Neptune (the naval assault phase of the Normandy Landings)
Air war
British and Canadian Beaches on D-Day
US Beaches on D-Day
The Battle of Normandy
Commanders’ memoirs, biographies and autobiographies
Memoirs, oral history and personal experiences (if not listed above)
German forces
Occupied France
Women’s services
Overlord Embroidery
Journalists and photographers
Guidebooks to Normandy
Uniforms, vehicles, weapons and photos


1. Preparations for D-Day

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

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) [The evacuation of the South Hams 1943-1944 so that the area could be used for training before D-Day]

Henry Buckton, Friendly Invasion (Phillimore, 2006) [Memories of operation Bolero, US troops in Britain 1942-1945]

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 (50th ann. Ex) (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, R.A.S.C, We Planned The Second Front. The Inside History of How the Second Front Was Planned (Victor Gollanz, 1945)

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)

Edwin R. W. Hale and John Frayn Turner, The Yanks Are Coming (Midas, 1983) [US troops in Britain in WW2]

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]

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

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)

The Ranger, Journal of the Defence Surveyors’ Association, Summer 2004 Volume 2 Number 9, D-Day Commemorative issue.

David Reynolds, Rich Relations (Phoenix, 1996) [American troops in Britain 1942-1945]

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)

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)

>>Go to top of page


2. General books on D-Day and the Battle of Normandy

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

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

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

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]

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)

John Buckley (ed.), the Normandy Campaign 1944. Sixty years on (Routledge, 2006)

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

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)

Carlo d'Este, Decision in Normandy (Collins, 1983)

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)

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)

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

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

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

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

Jonathan Mayo, D-Day, minute by minute (Short Books, 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.]

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, 2 Vols. (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)

>>Go to top of page


British units (except airborne and commandos: see separate list)

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. (No publisher or date)

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 (duplicated 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)

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

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, 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 (Duplicated, 1989) [1st Bn. 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).

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

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

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

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

Major Ned Thornburn, The 4th K.S.L.I in Normandy (4th Bn. K.S.L.I Museum Trust, 1990).

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

>>Go to top of page



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]

Gérard Fournier and André Heintz, From “Postmasker” to “Aquatint” (Orep, 2006) [audacious raids of a British Commando 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) The story of 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)

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 leader’s story of recreation of a new fighting force]

>>Go to top of page


British Airborne Troops

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, June1944 (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)

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]

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

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

>>Go to top of page


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)

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

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

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

>>Go to top of page


Special operations

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)

>>Go to top of page


>>Go to top of page