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ISBN: 9780857042453
AUTHOR: Gerald Wasley
Prelude to D-Day
Prelude to D-Day
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Over twenty years of original research lie behind the author’s remarkable retelling of the last months of the Second World War in Devon.

Following the Allied agreement on a strategy to reclaim Europe from Nazi occupation, Devon’s beautiful coast became the crucible from which was forged the mighty forces that were to be unleashed on the Normandy beaches on 6 June 1944.

From official British and American records, and through the inclusion of over 250 photographs, maps and other illustrations, Gerald Wasley reveals the detailed military planning and months of training undertaken by thousands of troops that brought success on D-Day. And yet at what cost to those who were forced to move from their homes to make way for the US Army? In November 1943 the authorities announced that an area of over 30 000 acres in South Devon was to be evacuated to allow realistic battle training, throwing over 3000 residents out of their homes just five days before Christmas that year.

In Prelude to D-Day the author portrays life in Devon before the war and changes brought about during the early war years up to the arrival of the US Forces leading to the evacuation of the South Hams. He examines the reasoning behind the choice of training areas, the logistics involved in their operation, elements of training, live firing, and experimental weapons.

New light is thrown on the circumstances surrounding Operation Tiger, a training exercise in which over 700 troops lost their lives. The D-Day landings themselves are covered, as are the lessons learned, with rare photographs and maps making this a significant and important book.

Dr Gerald Wasley is a retired Medical Laboratory Scientist who lives in Surrey. He is the author of several books on medical laboratory science and scientific papers, including ‘Naval Medicine and Surgery at the time of the Armada’. More recently he completed his postgraduate research in History at Kingston University, London, and was awarded an MA and PhD, with the following commendation: “Gerald’s investigation into local and national archives is assiduously leading to a rich depiction of local responses to the challenges of total war on the Home Front. His study of local communities in time of war will add much to our understanding of civilian morale; a very important issue in current scholarship on the Second World War”.

The author has close connections with the Westcountry; his wife was born in Plymouth and, as a schoolboy, he was evacuated from Acton, Middlesex to Dartmouth, an episode that later inspired him to write history books on Devon. These include, Blitz: An Account of Hitler’s Aerial War Over Plymouth; Mount Batten: The Flying Boats of Plymouth; Devon in the Great War; Devon in the 1930s; Devon at War 1930–1945; and Plymouth a Shattered City, all published by Halsgrove.

Imprint: Hasgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 245 3, 297x210mm, 160 pages. Published October 2014.

Devon at WarDevon at War - £19.99
Devon was the most military active of any county in Britain during the Second World War and this acclaimed book by Gerald Wasley charts life on the Home Front in Devon against the background of the wider conflict.
Devon in the Great War (pdf e-book)Devon in the Great War (pdf e-book) - £24.99
This important books completes the trilogy following the successful pair of titles Devon At War 1939-45 and Devon in the Thirties, created by the author, Gerald Wasley.
Devon in the Great WarDevon in the Great War - £24.99
This important books completes the trilogy following the successful pair of titles Devon At War 1939-45 and Devon in the Thirties, created by the author, Gerald Wasley.
Plymouth - A Shattered CityPlymouth - A Shattered City - £19.99
For anyone who has an interest in Plymouth, and particularly in the years during which the old city was replaced by post-war redevelopment, this illustrated story of the blitz of 1941 and its aftermouth by Gerald Wasley will be of great fascination.
Plymouth - A Shattered City (pdf e-book)Plymouth - A Shattered City (pdf e-book) - £24.99
For anyone who has an interest in Plymouth, and particularly in the years during which the old city was replaced by post-war redevelopment, this illustrated story of the blitz of 1941 and its aftermouth by Gerald Wasley will be of great fascination.
Devon in the 1930s (pdf e-book)Devon in the 1930s (pdf e-book) - £24.99
Gerald Wasley draws upon his meticulous research to provide in this book - superbly illustrated with many photographs never before published - a fascinating glimpse of Devon in the 1930s.
 
 
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